See also: ail-, -ail, àil, áil, -áil, and Äil

English

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Etymology 1

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From Middle English eilen, from Old English eġlan, eġlian (to trouble, afflict), from Proto-West Germanic *aglijan, from Proto-Germanic *aglijaną (to trouble, vex), cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 (agljan, to distress).

Verb

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ail (third-person singular simple present ails, present participle ailing, simple past and past participle ailed)

  1. (transitive) To cause to suffer; to trouble, afflict. (Now chiefly in interrogative or indefinite constructions.)
    Have some chicken soup. It's good for what ails you.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Genesis 21:17:
      What aileth thee, Hagar?
    • 2011, “Connubial bliss in America”, in The Economist:
      Not content with having in 1996 put a Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) on the statue book, Congress has now begun to hold hearings on a Respect for Marriage Act. Defended, respected: what could possibly ail marriage in America?
  2. (intransitive) To be ill; to suffer; to be troubled.
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Noun

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ail (plural ails)

  1. (obsolete) An ailment; trouble; illness.
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Etymology 2

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From Middle English eyle, eile, from Old English eġle (hideous, loathsome, hateful, horrid, troublesome, grievous, painful). Cognate with Gothic 𐌰𐌲𐌻𐌿𐍃 (aglus, hard, difficult).

Adjective

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ail (comparative ailer or more ail, superlative ailest or most ail)

  1. (obsolete) Painful; troublesome.

Etymology 3

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From Middle English eile, eyle, eiȝle, from Old English eġl (an ail; awn; beard of barley; mote), from Proto-Germanic *agilō (awn), related to *ahaz (ear (of grain)).[1] Cognate with German Achel, Egel, Ägel.

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Noun

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ail (plural ails)

  1. The awn of barley or other types of corn.

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  1. ^ Friedrich Kluge (1883) “Achel”, in John Francis Davis, transl., Etymological Dictionary of the German Language, published 1891

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Dalmatian

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Etymology

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From Latin allium.

Noun

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ail

  1. (Vegliot) garlic

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  • Ive, A. (1886) “L'antico dialetto di Veglia [The old dialect of Veglia]”, in G. I. Ascoli, editor, Archivio glottologico italiano [Italian linguistic archive], volume 9, Rome: E. Loescher, pages 115–187

French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Old French, from Latin allium.

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Noun

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ail m (plural ails or aulx)

  1. garlic

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Descendants

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  • Haitian Creole: lay (from l’ail)
  • Mauritian Creole: lay (from l’ail)
  • Moore: lay (from l’ail)

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Irish

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Old Irish ail (boulder, rock), from Proto-Celtic *ɸales-, from Proto-Indo-European *pelis-, *pels- (stone).[1]

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Noun

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ail f (genitive singular aileach, nominative plural aileacha or ailche)

  1. stone, rock

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Mutation

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Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
ail n-ail hail not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) “*fales-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 120

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Middle English

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Etymology 1

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Noun

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ail

  1. Alternative form of ale (beer)

Etymology 2

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Noun

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ail

  1. Alternative form of hayle (hail)

Norman

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Etymology

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From Old French, from Latin allium.

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ail m (uncountable)

  1. (Jersey) garlic

Old Irish

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Etymology 1

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Possibly from Proto-Celtic *ɸalos, from Proto-Indo-European *pels-, *pelis- (rock, cliff), see also German Fels (rock).[1]

The declension was not stable at the start of the Old Irish period, with a shift from an i-stem declension to a k-stem declension ongoing.

Noun

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ail f (genitive ailech, nominative plural ailich)

  1. rock
  2. foundation
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Feminine i-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative ail ailL ailiH
Vocative ail ailL ailiH
Accusative ailN ailL ailiH
Genitive aloH, alaH aloH, alaH aileN
Dative ailL ailib ailib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization
Feminine k-stem
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative ail ailichL ailich
Vocative ail ailichL ailchea
Accusative ailichN ailichL ailchea
Genitive ailech ailech ailechN
Dative ailichL ailchib ailchib
Initial mutations of a following adjective:
  • H = triggers aspiration
  • L = triggers lenition
  • N = triggers nasalization
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Mutation

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Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
ail unchanged n-ail
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Etymology 2

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Verb

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·ail

  1. third-person singular present indicative conjunct of ailid

Mutation

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Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
·ail unchanged ·n-ail
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References

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  1. ^ Matasović, Ranko (2009) “*fales-”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Celtic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 9), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN, page 120

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Scots

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Etymology

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From Middle English eilen, from Old English eġlan, eġlian (to trouble, afflict), from Proto-West Germanic *aglijan.

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ail (third-person singular simple present ails, present participle ailin, simple past ailt, past participle ailt)

  1. to trouble, afflict (of body or mind)
  2. to hinder, prevent
  3. to be ill

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Welsh

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Welsh numbers (edit)
20
 ←  1 2 3  → [a], [b]
    Cardinal (masculine): dau
    Cardinal (feminine): dwy
    Ordinal: ail, eilfed
    Ordinal abbreviation: 2il
    Adverbial: dwywaith
    Multiplier: dwbl

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Etymology

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From Middle Welsh eil, from Proto-Brythonic *ėl, from Proto-Celtic *alyos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élyos (other).

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ail (feminine singular ail, plural ail, not comparable) (precedes the noun, triggers soft mutation of all nouns)

  1. (ordinal number) second
    Synonym: eilfed
    yr ail lawrthe second floor

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Mutation

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
ail unchanged unchanged hail
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.