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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English bēag (a ring, bracelet, collar, garland, crown, necklace, a shackle for the neck, a circle, coil), from Proto-Germanic *baugaz (ring, bow), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewgʰ- (to bend). Cognate with dialectal German Baug (ring, collar), Icelandic baugur (ring, circle). Related to bagel.

NounEdit

beag (plural beags)

  1. (historical) A ring.
    • 1878, Royal Numismatic Society (Great Britain), The Numismatic chronicle and journal of the Numismatic Society:
      It was a mark of nobility among the German races — by some considered the origin of our coronets — and had even about it a quasi-religious character in memory of the "holy beag" (holy ring), the oath upon which was tantamount to the oath upon Thorr's hammer.
    • 1970, William A. Chaney, The cult of kingship in Anglo-Saxon England:
      [...] and the description of that monarch in his anonymous Vita as coronatus lauro probably indicates a beag which was lighter than the formal diadema.

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IrishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish bec (small, little) (compare Manx beg, Scottish Gaelic beag), from Proto-Celtic *bikkos (small) (compare Breton bic’han and Welsh bach, bychan).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beag (genitive singular masculine big, genitive singular feminine bige, plural beaga, comparative )

  1. small, little
    1. (size, amount, extent, degree)
    2. junior, lesser, minor
    3. (hypocoristic)
    4. (deprecatory)
    5. (of late, recent, time)
  2. few (often with a singular noun in Irish)
    Is beag áit is deise.There are few places that are nicer.
    le blianta beaga anuasfor the past few years

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Derived termsEdit

NounEdit

beag m (genitive singular big, nominative plural beaganna)

  1. little; small amount
  2. (with copula) few

DeclensionEdit

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
beag bheag mbeag
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • "beag" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • bec” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *baugaz (ring), from the stem of *beuganą (to bend) (from which būgan). Cognate with Old Norse baugr and Old High German bouc.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bēag m

  1. a ring or bracelet

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit


Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish bec (small, little) (compare Manx beg, Irish beag), from Proto-Celtic *bikkos (small) (compare Breton bic’han and Welsh bach, bychan).

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

beag (comparative bige)

  1. small, little, short, diminutive
    duine beaga small man
    ùine bheaga short time
  2. disagreeable
    Is beag orm thu.I hate you. (literally You are disagreeable to me.)
  3. light, trifling, insignificant
    Is beag seo.This is a trifling thing.
  4. young
    na sionnaich bheagathe young foxes
  5. sordid, miserly, niggardly
    Is beag sin de Ghàidhlig.That is a poor sort of Gaelic.
    Tha e fìor bheag 'n a nàdar.He has a very niggardly disposition.

DeclensionEdit

Case Masculine singular Feminine singular Plural
Nominative beag bheag beaga
Vocative bhig bheag beaga
Genitive bhig bige beaga
Dative beag bhig beaga

SynonymsEdit

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Faclair Gàidhlig Dwelly Air Loidhne, Dwelly, Edward (1911), Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic-English Dictionary (10th ed.), Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, →ISBN
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)
  • bec” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.