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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From French guigne.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

gean (plural geans)

  1. (now dialectal) A wild cherry tree, Prunus avium, native to Europe and western Asia or its small, dark fruit.
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 45:
      ‘Given the circumstances, Effie,’ he whispered, ‘I could blossom again like a gean-tree.’

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Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

A variant of ġæġn.

AdverbEdit

ġēan

  1. again

Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish gen.

NounEdit

gean m

  1. cheerfulness, good humour

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Frisian gān, from Proto-Germanic *gāną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰēh₁- (to leave). Compare Dutch gaan, Low German gan, gahn, German gehen, English go, Danish .

VerbEdit

gean

  1. to go

ConjugationEdit

Infinitive: gean
Present tense Past tense
person singular plural singular plural
1st ik gean wy geane ik gie wy gienen
2nd do/dû giest jimme geane do/dû giest jimme gienen
3rd hy/sy giet hja geane hy/sy gie hja gienen
Present participle Imperative Auxiliary Past participle
geanend (geanende) gean wêze gien

Usage notesEdit

  • Variant past tenses of gean:
    • 1st and 3rd person singular: gong, gyng
    • 2nd person singular: gongst, gyngst
    • plural: gongen, gyngen
    • past participle: gongen.
  • Gean is often omitted in colloquial speech. It is considered a default verb, so if a sentence has no verb, gean could most probably be inserted for purposes of English translation. It should be noted also that in earlier English, this could also be done; i.e. "We must away" for "We must go away" or "We must leave"
    • Hy wei -- He went away or He has gone away (lit. "He away")