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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle Irish tríall (journeying; attempting), from Anglo-Norman trial (endeavor).


triall m (genitive singular as substantive trialla, genitive as verbal noun triallta, nominative plural triallta)

  1. verbal noun of triall
  2. journey, march
    Synonym: taisteal

As substantive:

As verbal noun:

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle Irish tríallaid (journey; attempt), from tríall (see Etymology 1).


triall (present analytic triallann, future analytic triallfaidh, verbal noun triall, past participle triallta)

  1. to travel, journey
    Synonym: taistil
  2. to be bound [+ ar (for)] (ready to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of))
    Bhí an long ag triall ar Meiriceá.
    The ship was bound for America.
  3. to go for, go to get or fetch [+ ar (object)] (generally after another verb of going, such as téigh)
    • 1906, Christian Brothers, Graiméar na Gaedhilge, Dublin: M. H. Gill & Son, p. 256:
      Téigh ag triall ar an gcapall.
      Go for the horse.
    • 1939, Peig Sayers, “Inghean an Cheannaidhe”, printed in Marie-Louise Sjoestedt, Description d’un parler irlandais de Kerry, Bibliothèque de l'École des Hautes Études 270. Paris: Librairie Honoré Champion, p. 194:
      Fe dheire do bhí ar an gcaptaen a sheólta a thógaint suas agus dul go dtí dúthaigh éigin ag triall ar lasc [sic; lasta] eile.
      Finally the captain had to hoist his sails and go to some country for another cargo.


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
triall thriall dtriall
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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