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's e do bheatha
phrase: {{head}} Literally: "it's your life"
  1. don't mention it, you're welcome (in response to tapadh leat) (informal and singular)
  2. no problem (informal and singular)
  3. do as you please (informal and singular)
Synonyms: 's e ur beatha (formal or plural)
a bheil Beurla agad
phrase: {{head}}
  1. (informal) Do you speak English?
related terms:
  • A bheil Beurla agaibh?
a bheil Gàidhlig agad
phrase: {{head}}
  1. do you speak Gaelic? (informal)
related terms:
  • a bheil Gàidhlig agaibh (formal or plural)
agad etymology From Old Irish ocut.
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. at you informal singular. exampleA bheil airgead gu leòr agad? Do you have enough money? (literally Is enough money at you?)
agadsa etymology agad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. at you (informal)
aghaidh etymology From Old Irish agad. pronunciation
  • /ɤː.ɪ/
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. face
  2. surface
  3. front
  4. (slang) cheek, impudence
Synonyms: (face) aodann
air do shocair
phrase: {{head}}
  1. take it easy! (informal)
related terms:
  • air ur socair
  • gabh socair
amadan etymology From Old Irish ammatán (compare Irish amadán, Manx ommidan).
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) fool, loony, idiot
Synonyms: burraidh
related terms:
  • amaideach
  • amaideachd
  • amaideas
annad etymology
  • an + thu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. in you (informal singular)
annadsa etymology annad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. in you (informal singular)
àrd do chlaiginn
adverb: {{head}}
  1. at the top of your voice (informal singular)
related terms:
  • àrd claiginn
asad etymology
  • à + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. from you (informal singular)
asadsa etymology asad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. from you (informal singular)
b' àill leat
phrase: {{head}}
  1. Sorry? Pardon? (informal singular)
related terms:
  • b' àill leibh?
beannachd leat
interjection: {{head}}
  1. goodbye (informal singular)
Synonyms: slàn leat, mar sin leat
related terms:
  • beannachd leibh
bhuat etymology
  • bho + thu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. from you (informal singular)
bhuatsa etymology bhuat + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. from you (informal singular)
bidse
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) bitch, whore
Synonyms: nighean na galla
bi suarach mu
noun: bi suarach mu
  1. (informal) not give a damn tha mi suarach mu sin - I don't give a damn about that
boban
noun: boban {{g}}
  1. (informal) daddy, papa
bogsa Alternative forms: bocsa
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. box
  2. (informal) television
Synonyms: bucas
cac
etymology 1 From Old Irish cacc.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. excrement
  2. (vulgar) shit
etymology 2 From Old Irish caccaid, from cacc.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (slang) excrete, defecate
  2. (slang, vulgar) shit
caora etymology From Old Irish cáera, from Proto-Celtic *kaɸrāks. pronunciation
  • [kʰɯːɾə]
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. sheep exampleam bun nan caorach looking after the sheep exampleo chrò nan caorach from the sheep-fold
  2. (pejorative) sheepish person
cho seasgair ri luchag ann an cruach
adjective: {{head}}
  1. (simile, colloquial) snug as a bug in a rug snug as a mouse in a haystack
craos
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. mouth animal
  2. (pejorative) mouth human
  3. gluttony
d' pronunciation
  • /d̊/, /d̊ʲ/
etymology Contraction of the pronoun do.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. (before a vowel or fh followed by a vowel) apocopic form of do: your (informal singular) A bheil fios aig d’ athair? Does your father know? Seo d’ fhaclair. Here’s your dictionary.
dadaidh
noun: dadaidh {{g}}
  1. (informal) dad, daddy
dè 'n t-ainm a tha ort Alternative forms: dè an t-ainm a tha ort?
phrase: {{head}}
  1. what is your name? (informal)
related terms:
  • dè 'n t-ainm a tha oirbh?
dhiot Alternative forms: diot etymology
  • de + thu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. of you informal singular
dhiotsa Alternative forms: diotsa etymology dhiot + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. of you (informal singular)
dhut Alternative forms: dhuit, duit, dut etymology
  • do + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. to you (informal singular)
  2. for you (informal singular)
dhutsa Alternative forms: dhuitsa, duitsa, dutsa etymology dhut + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. to you (informal singular)
  2. for you (informal singular)
do
etymology 1 From Old Irish do, from Proto-Celtic *tu.
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. your (informal singular) exampleBha iongantach do ghràdh dhomh. Wonderful was thy love for me.
  • Lenites the following word.
  • Before a word beginning with a vowel or fh followed by a vowel it takes the form d'. exampleBidh cuimhn’ agam ort, air d’ anam ghrinn. I will remember thee, thy dear soul.
etymology 2 From Old Irish do, from Proto-Celtic *tu.
preposition: {{head}}
  1. to exampleBha e a' siubhal do Shasainn au-uiridh. He travelled to England last year.
  2. for exampleDo dh'ar beatha, dhut, dhèanainn e. For our life, for thee, I would do it.
  • Lenites the following word.
  • Before a word beginning with a vowel or fh followed by a vowel it takes the form do dh'. exampleTha sinn a' dol do dh'Ile. We are going to Islay.
  • If the definite article in the singular follows, it combines with do into don: exampleFàilte don dùthaich. Welcome to the country.
Synonyms: a
duille etymology From Old Irish duille.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (botany) leaf
  2. scabbard
  3. (anatomy, vulgar slang) vagina
Synonyms: (leaf) duilleag, (scabbard) duille-sgeine
faighean etymology From Old Irish faigen, from Latin vāgīna.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (vulgar) vagina
  2. sheath
fodhad etymology
  • fo + thu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. under you, below you (informal singular)
fodhadsa etymology fodhad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. under you, below you (informal singular)
fortan leat
phrase: {{head}}
  1. good luck! (informal singular) literally "luck with you"
Synonyms: sealbh ort!
related terms:
  • fortan leibh!
gabh socair
verb: {{head}}
  1. take it easy exampleGabh air do shocair! Take it easy! (informal singular) exampleGabhaibh air ur socair! Take it easy! (formal or plural)
gad pronunciation
  • /kat̪/
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. you (informal singular) exampleBruidhinn nas labhaire, chan eil mi gad chluinntinn ceart. Speak louder, I don't hear you well.
  • Lenites the following word.
related terms: {{rel-top}}
  • ga
  • gam
  • gan
  • gar
{{rel-mid}}
  • gur
  • iad
  • tu
{{rel-bottom}}
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. withy, withe
conjunction: {{head}}
  1. alternative form of ged
gaoth etymology From Old Irish gáeth, from Proto-Celtic *gaito-, from Proto-Indo-European *ghai, *ghei, *ghi.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. wind exampleTha a' ghaoth ag èiridh. The wind is rising.
  2. (vulgar) flatulence
geobag
noun: geobag {{g}}, gen geobaige, pl geobagan
  1. (vulgar) A vagina.
gille-tòin
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar) Alternative form of gille-tòine.
gille-tòine Alternative forms: gille-tòin etymology gille + tòn
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar slang, pejorative) faggot, gay
gòrach leis an eagal
adjective: gòrach leis an eagal
  1. (slang, idiomatic) scared shitless (literally, "stupid with the fear") Tha mi suarach mu do mhisneachd; tha mi gòrach leis an eagal an-seo!- "I don't give a damn about your courage; I am scared shitless here!"
làir etymology From Old Irish láir.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. A mare, a female horse
  2. (offensive, slang) A bit of skirt.
leat etymology
  • le + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. with you, by you (informal singular)
leodag
noun: leodag {{g}}, gen leodaig, pl leodagan
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) A slut, a slapper.
luid
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. rag, tatter
  2. (pejorative) slut, sloven, trollop
mac na galla
noun: mac na galla {{g}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) son of a bitch.
màmag etymology From a shortening of mamaidh and the added diminutive suffix -ag pronunciation
  • maːmak
noun: màmag {{g}}
  1. (informal) mum, mama
mamaidh pronunciation
  • /mami/
noun: mamaidh {{g}}
  1. (informal) mum, mummy
mar sin leat
interjection: {{head}}
  1. bye, goodbye just now, see you (informal singular)
Synonyms: beannachd leat, slàn leat
related terms:
  • mar sin leibh
meal do naidheachd
interjection: {{head}}
  1. congratulations informal
related terms:
  • meal ur naidheachd
mu do dheidhinn etymology mu dheidhinn + do
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. about you informal singular
mud thimcheall etymology mu thimcheall + do
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. about you informal singular
nad
preposition: {{head}}
  1. In your informal singular.
nighean na galla etymology nighean + an + galla
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) bitch, whore
Synonyms: bidse
related terms:
  • mac na galla
nuair a tha an t-sradag ris an fhaoch
noun: nuair a tha an t-sradag ris an fhraoch {{g}}
  1. (slang, idiomatic) when the shit hits the fan (literally, "When the spark is to the heather.")
òinseach
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (pejorative) stupid woman
ort etymology From Old Irish fort. pronunciation
  • /ɔr̴st/
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. on you (informal singular)
ortsa etymology ort + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. on you (informal)
pìobair
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. piper, bagpiper
  2. (vulgar slang, pejorative) poof, faggot
pit etymology From Old Irish pit, possibly related to putte, Latin puteus.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. female external genitalia, vulva
  2. (vulgar) cunt, pussy
rach air muin
verb: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) fuck, shag
ràn etymology {{rfe}}
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. scream, yell, shout
verb: {{head}}
  1. scream, shout
  2. (colloquial slang) weep vigorously
reipseach
noun: reipseach {{g}}
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) a slut, a hussy.
riut etymology
  • ri + thu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. with you (informal singular)
riutsa etymology riut + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. with you (informal)
romhad etymology
  • ro + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. before you (informal singular)
romhadsa etymology romhad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. before you (informal singular)
rothair etymology From roth + air.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. bicycle
Synonyms: (colloquial) baic, baidhsagal, rothar dà-chuibhleach
rothar dà-chuibhleach
noun: {{head}}
  1. bicycle
Synonyms: rothair, (colloquial) baic
sealbh ort
phrase: {{head}}
  1. good luck! (informal singular) literally "luck on you"
Synonyms: fortan leat!
related terms:
  • sealbh oirbh!
sgeul etymology From Old Irish scél (compare Irish scéal, Manx skeeal), from Proto-Celtic *skʷetlom (compare Welsh chwedl, a loanword from Proto-Goidelic), from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ-.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. story, tale
  2. news, information, tidings, report
  3. (informal) sign of somebody or something exampleA bheil sgeul oirre? Is there any sign of her?
Synonyms: (story) stòiridh, (news) naidheachd
sgliùrach
noun: sgliùrach {{g}}, gen/pl sgliùraich
  1. (vulgar, pejorative) A slattern, a trollop
  2. (vulgar, pejorative) A slut
siùrsach Alternative forms: siùrtach, sgiùrsach pronunciation
  • /ʃuːɾs̪əx/
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. prostitute
  2. (vulgar, offensive) whore, harlot, strumpet, bitch
Synonyms: strìopach, leodag, luid, slapag
slàn leat
interjection: {{head}}
  1. goodbye (informal singular)
Synonyms: beannachd leat, mar sin leat
related terms:
  • slàn leibh
slapag
noun: {{head}}
  1. slipper
  2. (slang, offensive, vulgar) slut, slapper, slattern
Synonyms: (slipper) bròg-sheòmair
slat
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. stick, rod, twig, switch, wand
  2. yard (unit of length)
  3. (vulgar, slang, anatomy) penis
spùt
noun: Spùt {{g}}, gen spùta, pl spùtan
  1. spout
  2. (vulgar) diarrhea
strìopach etymology Irish striapach; from Old French strupe, concubinage, from Latin stuprum, dishonour, violation
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. prostitute
  2. (vulgar, pejorative) whore, harlot
tapadh leat
interjection: {{head}}
  1. thank you informal, to one person
related terms:
  • tapadh leibh - formal or to more than one person
tharad etymology
  • thar + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. over you (informal singular)
  2. beyond you (informal singular)
tharadsa etymology tharad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. over you (informal singular)
  2. beyond you (informal singular)
thugad Alternative forms: chugad etymology
  • gu + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. to you (informal singular)
thugadsa Alternative forms: chugadsa etymology thugad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. to you (informal singular)
thusa etymology thu + sa
pronoun: {{head}}
  1. you (informal singular)
  • This is the emphatic form.
related terms:
  • thu (non-emphatic)
tìoraidh
interjection: {{head}}
  1. (informal) cheerio, goodbye
Synonyms: slàn leat
tòin Alternative forms: tòn
noun: {{head}}
  1. (vulgar slang, pejorative) the backside, the arse exampleNa pòg mo thòin. Don’t kiss my arse.
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toll
etymology 1 From Old Irish toll.
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. hole, cavity, puncture, hollow
  2. crevice, perforation
  3. pit
  4. socket
  5. (nautical) hold of a ship
  6. (vulgar) arse
etymology 2 From Old Irish tollaid, from toll.
verb: {{gd-verb}}
  1. bore, piece, drill, perforate
toll-tòine
noun: toll-tòin {{g}}
  1. The anus
  2. (vulgar slang, derogatory) arsehole, asshole
tòn pronunciation
  • /tʰɔːn/
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. anus, rectum, backside, arse
Synonyms: màs, toll (vulgar)
tòn Shasainn etymology tòn + Sasainn
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) South of England
torr-caca
noun: torr-caca {{g}}
  1. (vulgar slang) bollocks, bullshit, a bunch of crap
treamsgal
noun: {{gd-noun}}
  1. nonsense, balderdash
  2. litter, trash, slag
  3. (vulgar, slang) bullshit
Synonyms: (nonsense) amaideas, mì-sheadh, ruais, saobh-chiall
trobhad
verb: {{head}}
  1. come here! (informal singular) exampleTrobhad, mo ghràidh! Come here, my love!
  2. come along! (informal singular) exampleTrobhad còmhla ruinn, ma-thà! Come along with us, then!
  • This defective verb has no other case than the imperative.
tromhad etymology
  • tro + tu
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. through you (informal singular)
tromhadsa etymology tromhad + sa
prepositional pronoun: {{rfc-header}} {{head}}
  1. through you (informal singular)
truaill etymology From Middle Irish trúailnid, from Old Irish drúaillid.
verb: {{gd-verb}}
  1. pollute, contaminate

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