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WelshEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Celtic *waylo-.

AdjectiveEdit

gwael (feminine singular gwael, plural gwael, equative gwaeled, comparative gwaelach, superlative gwaelaf)

  1. miserable, wretched, contemptible, despised, abject, vile
  2. unwell, unhealthy, sick, ill, poorly
  3. humble, lowly
  4. baseborn, plebeian, ignoble, mean, poor

Derived termsEdit

  • gwaeledd m (sickness, illness; poorness; weakness, frailness, wretchedness, abjectness, misery, vileness; baseness of birth, meanness; the common people)
  • gwaelu (to become ill, sicken, grow faint, ail; to become worse, weaken, decay; to debase, lower (oneself, etc.), become wretched)

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
gwael wael ngwael unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

ReferencesEdit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950-), “gwael”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies