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From Early Modern Irish páitse (compare modern Irish páiste, Scottish Gaelic pàisde), from Old French page, possibly via Italian paggio, from Late Latin pagius (servant), probably from Ancient Greek παιδίον (paidíon, boy, lad), from παῖς (paîs, child); some sources consider this unlikely and suggest instead Latin pagus (countryside), in sense of "boy from the rural regions".



paitçhey m (genitive singular paitçhey, plural paitçhyn)

  1. child
    • Cha nel rick ny resoon er ny paitçhyn nish.
      • The children are quite out of hand now.
    • Cooinee nagh vel ee agh paitçhey.
      • Bear in mind that she is only a child.
    • Hug mee y paitçhey dy lhie.
      • I put the child to bed.
    • Lhiats ny paitçhyn shen?
      • Are those your children?
    • T'eh gynsaghey Gaelg da ny paitçhyn echey.
      • He is teaching his children Manx.
    • Va'n Vretnish ynsit j'ee dy jeean tra v'ee ny paitçhey.
      • Welsh was hammered into her when she was a child.


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
paitçhey phaitçhey baitçhey
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.