Old Irish edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Celtic *glikkis. Possibly ultimately related to Scots gleg (smart, quick), Ancient Greek καλχαίνω (kalkhaínō, to ponder), Proto-Germanic *klōkaz (quick, smart), Middle English begalewen (to frighten, stupefy).[1][2]

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit


  1. shrewd, ingenious, skilled, acute

Derived terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Irish: glic
  • Manx: glick
  • Scottish Gaelic: glic

Mutation edit

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
glicc glicc
pronounced with /ɣ(ʲ)-/
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References edit

  1. ^ MacBain, Alexander; Mackay, Eneas (1911), “glicc”, in An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language, Stirling, →ISBN, page glic
  2. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010), “kloek2”, in Etymologiebank, Meertens Institute