gell (plural gells)
- Eye dialect spelling of girl.
- 1906, Edith Nesbit, The Railway Children, Chapter 4: "The engine-burglar":
- "You're a naughty little gell, that's what you are," said the fireman, and the engine-driver said:--
- "Daring little piece, I call her," but they made her sit down on an iron seat in the cab and told her to stop crying and tell them what she meant by it.
- Alternative form of (a leech)
From Proto-Celtic *gello- (“yellow”) or *gelo- (“white”) (compare Middle Welsh gell (“yellow”), Old Irish gel (“white, fair, shining”), whence Irish geal (“white, bright”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃- (“gleam, yellow”) (compare English yellow, Ancient Greek χλωρός (khlōrós, “light green”), Latin helvus (“dull yellow”), Lithuanian žalias (“green”), Persian زر (zar, “yellow”), Sanskrit हरि (hari, “greenish-yellow”), Welsh gwelw (“pale”))).
- light brown
See etymology on the main entry.
- Soft mutation of kell.
From gelten (“to be valid”).
- (colloquial, regional, southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria) right?; is it?; is it not?
Wir gehen, gell? ― We’re going, aren’t we?
Du verstehst mich, gell? ― You understand me, right?
gell n, m
- a pledge, a surety.
- a hostage
- a stake, a wager
- (by extension of the previous senses) the equal, the equivalent
- in prepositional phrases
do gheall ar
- for the sake of
i ... ngeall
- in need of; depending on
i ngeall ar
- by means of; on account of; in exchange for; pledged to
i ngeall re
- in pledge for; in lieu of; as the equivalent of; depending on; on account of
mar gheall air
- in return for
This noun needs an inflection-table template.
|Old Irish mutation|
pronounced with /ɣ(ʲ)-/
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- “gell” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.