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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish sech.


seach (plus nominative, triggers no mutation)

  1. (literary) by, past, beyond
  2. other than, rather than, more than
Derived terms[edit]
  • seachas (besides, other than, rather than; compared to)

Etymology 2[edit]



  1. Only used in faoi seach

Further reading[edit]

  • 1 sech” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
  • "seach" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • Entries containing “seach” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “seach” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.

Scottish Gaelic[edit]


From Old Irish sech.



  1. rather than
  2. compared to, in comparison with
    tha e neònach na dhòighean seach iomadh ainmhidh eile - it is peculiar in its behaviour compared to many other animals
    tha a chòig uiread de dhaoine a’ fuireach ann an Nepal, seach Alba - five times as many people live in Nepal as in Scotland
  3. after, past (usually when referring to a sequence)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The following noun is in the nominative case.
  • Placed between two identical words has the meaning of "either" or "neither":
    na creid fear seach fear aca - don't believe either of them
    cha b' e aon seach aon - it was neither one nor the other
    chan eil sin cothromach do dh'àite seach àite - that isn't fair to either place

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West Frisian[edit]



  1. first- and third-person singular simple past of sjen: I/he/she/it saw