IrishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Irish ríam, from Old Irish rïam.

AdverbEdit

riamh

  1. (literary) before
  2. ever
  3. (with negative) never
    Synonym: go deo

Derived termsEdit

Further readingEdit


Scottish GaelicEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Irish ríam, from Old Irish rïam.

PronunciationEdit

AdverbEdit

riamh

  1. ever
    An robh thu ann riamh?Have you ever been there?
  2. never
    Cha robh riamh a leithid ann.There was never one like him.
  3. always
    Bha e riamh mar sin.He was always like that.
    riamh is roimhestill and before, abidingly

Usage notesEdit

  • Used only of past time.

NounEdit

riamh f

  1. series, number
  2. a drill of potatoes or turnips
  3. duration

VerbEdit

riamh (past riamh, future riamhaidh, verbal noun riamhadh, past participle riamhte)

  1. drill (as turnips, potatoes, etc.)

ReferencesEdit

  • riamh” in Edward Dwelly, Faclair Gàidhlig gu Beurla le Dealbhan/The Illustrated [Scottish] Gaelic–English Dictionary, 10th edition, Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited, 1911, →ISBN.
  • A Pronouncing and Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language (John Grant, Edinburgh, 1925, Compiled by Malcolm MacLennan)