See also: beagan
- a little, a bit (small amount) (+ genitive)
- a few (+ genitive)
- i mbeagán focal ― in a few words
- Níl ach beagán cairde aige. ― He has only a few friends.
- (as adverb) a little, somewhat
Declension of beagán
Forms with the definite article:
- ar bheagán focal (“of few words”)
- ar bheagán stóir, ar bheagán stró (“badly off”)
- beagán ar bheagán (“little by little”)
- déan mórán agus can beagán (“actions speak louder than words”, literally “do much and say little”)
- duifean mór ar bheagán fearthainne (“much ado about nothing”, literally “much cloud bringing little rain”)
- éist mórán agus can beagán (“be patient in hearing and reserved in speech”, literally “hear much and say little”)
- glór mór ar bheagán cúise (“a lot of fuss about nothing”)
- i mbeagán focal (“succinctly”, literally “in a few words”)
- is fearr beagán den ghaol ná mórán den charthanas (“blood is thicker than water”, literally “better a little kinship than a lot of charity”)
- le beagán cainte (“in a few words”)
- mórán cainte ar bheagán cúise (“much ado about nothing”)
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.|
- "beagán" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- “becán” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.