Last modified on 23 July 2014, at 13:21

EnglishEdit

NounEdit

gell (plural gells)

  1. Eye dialect spelling of girl.
    • 1861, George Eliot, “Chapter 14”, in Silas Marner:
      Well, mayhap that'll do, as it's a little gell, for they're easier persuaded to sit i' one place nor the lads.
    • 1906, Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children, Chapter 4: "The engine-burglar":
      "You're a naughty little gell, that's what you are," said the fireman, and the engine-driver said:--
      "Daring little piece, I call her," but they made her sit down on an iron seat in the cab and told her to stop crying and tell them what she meant by it.
  2. Alternative form of gill (a leech)

CornishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃ (gleam, yellow) (compare English yellow, Ancient Greek χλωρός (khlōrós, light green), Irish geal (white, bright), Latin helvus (dull yellow), Lithuanian žalias (green), Persian زر (zar, yellow), Sanskrit हरि (hari, greenish-yellow), Welsh gwelw (pale))).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

gell

  1. light brown

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From gelten (to be valid).

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

gell

  1. (slang) a tag question roughly equivalent to yes?, no?, isn’t that so?, right?, or innit
    Wir gehen, gell?
    We’re going, aren’t we?
    Du verstehst mich, gell?
    You understand me, right?

Usage notesEdit

The word is generally restricted to South German speech.

See alsoEdit


Old IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

gell n, m (o-stem)

  1. a pledge, a surety.
    1. a hostage
  2. a stake, a wager
  3. (by extension of the previous senses) the equal, the equivalent
  4. in prepositional phrases
    • do gheall ar
      for the sake of
    • i ... ngeall
      in need of; depending on
    • i ngeall ar
      by means of; on account of; in exchange for; pledged to
    • i ngeall re
      in pledge for; in lieu of; as the equivalent of; depending on; on account of
    • mar gheall air
      in return for

Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

MutationEdit

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
gell gell
pronounced with /ɣ(ʲ)-/
ngell
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin [1]

WelshEdit

NounEdit

gell

  1. Mutated form of cell.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
cell gell nghell chell