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From Middle Welsh prið, Proto-Brythonic *prið, from Proto-Celtic *kʷrīyess.



pridd m (plural priddau or priddoedd or priddion)

  1. soil, earth, dust; ground
  2. (potter's) clay, mud or clay as building-material, mortar, plaster
  3. earth, clay, or dust as the material of the human body
  4. dust derived from the decay of a human body
  5. earth (as one of the elements according to medieval physics)
  6. (the soil of the) grave
  7. dung, ordure, excrement

Derived terms[edit]


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
pridd bridd mhridd phridd
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “pridd”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies