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IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • ro- (Cois Fharraige)

EtymologyEdit

From Old Irish ro-, from Proto-Celtic *ɸro-, from Proto-Indo-European *per-. Cognate of Welsh rhy-, Old Breton ro- (Breton re-); cognate of English fore, Latin prō. Compare Scottish Gaelic rò-.

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

ró-

  1. (with adjective) too, overly
  2. (with adjective) very (in a negative way)
  3. (with verb) over-
  4. (with noun) excessive

Usage notesEdit

  • This affix is used adverbially before adjectives to indicate excess; it is followed by a hyphen for words beginning with a vowel and triggers lenition in words beginning in a consonant:
    mhilistoo sweet
    ró-ársatoo old
    thirimtoo dry
    bheagvery small, too small

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