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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Scots, from Scottish Gaelic.

NounEdit

cailleach (plural cailleachs)

  1. (Scotland) old woman

IrishEdit

 
cailleach

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish caillech (nun, housekeeper, elderly woman, crone, hag), from caille (veil) (+ -ech), from Latin pallium.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cailleach f (genitive singular caillí, nominative plural cailleacha)

  1. (historical) nun
    Synonyms: cailleach dhubh, cailleach Mhuire
  2. old woman, hag; midwife
    1. witch
    2015, Proinsias Mac a' Bhaird, transl.; Maura McHugh, editor, Amhrán na Mara (fiction, paperback), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny; Howth, Dublin: Cartoon Saloon; Coiscéim, translation of Song of the Sea by Will Collins, →ISBN, page 7:
    Macha, Cailleach na nUlchabhán
    Macha the Owl Witch
    1. (informal, usually derogatory) old dear
    2. (informal, also offensive, derogatory) old girl
  3. precocious girl
  4. (informal, offensive, derogatory) bag, bat, bitch, cat, cow, dog, jade, shrew
  5. (of man):
    1. (contemptuously) spineless fellow, coward
      Synonym: cailleach fir
    2. (facetiously, in direct address) lad!
  6. spent, shrivelled, thing
  7. stump; obstructing object
  8. (of straw, wrack) truss, bundle
  9. stone weight (on rope, net)
  10. recess for bed; alcove; (familiar) snuggery
    Synonym: cailleach shúgáin
  11. rainmaker
  12. scold
  13. (architecture) outshot; return
  14. hagfish, borer

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

MutationEdit

Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
cailleach chailleach gcailleach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Scottish Gaelic cailleach, from Old Irish caillech, from caille (veil) + -ach.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [ˈkeljʌx], [ˈkalʌx], [ˈkaljʌx]

NounEdit

cailleach (plural cailleachs)

  1. old woman, crone
    Synonym: auld wife

ReferencesEdit


Scottish GaelicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish caillech, from caille (veil) + -ach.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

cailleach f (genitive singular cailliche, plural cailleachan)

  1. old woman
  2. woman, wife
  3. hag, crone
  4. cowl (on a chimney)

Derived termsEdit

MutationEdit

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
cailleach chailleach
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit