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From Middle Irish fogur, from Anglo-Norman favour, from Latin favor (good will; kindness; partiality), from faveō (to be kind to). Cognate with Irish fabhar.


foayr m (genitive singular [please provide], plural [please provide])

  1. interest, discrimination, kindness, benefaction, favour, boon
    • Esther 2:9
      As by-laik lesh y ven aeg, as yeeagh eh foayr jee, as hug eh jee chelleeragh spiceyn oonlee ry-hoi glenney, marish lheid ny reddyn as va cooie er e son, as shiaght mraane aegey va dy hirveish urree, ass thie yn ree, as phoint eh jeeish as da ny mraane eck, yn reih ynnyd va ayns thie ny mraane.
      And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with her portions, and the seven maidens who were meet to be given her out of the kings house: and he removed her and her maidens to the best place of the house of the women. (American Standard Version)

Derived termsEdit

  • foayragh (favourable, preferential, propitious)
  • foayroil (favourable, auspicious, propitious; tender; approving)
  • mee-foayr (disfavour)


Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
foayr oayr voayr
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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