méth

Cite this: eDIL s.v. méth or dil.ie/32097

Forms: méith, méth-i, -e, méithe, meth

adj o, ā. later also méith; the pl. méth-i, -e, if not g s. of méithe, may belong to latter form treated as i-stem.

(a) plump, fat: n p m. lónaichthi .i. meíth (gl. adipati), Ml. 20a24 . mēth .i. mo a fēith, Corm. Y 925. diamad mé douéradh fuiriocc, robadh m.¤ cech manuc if I provided the bill of fare, every monk would be fat, ZCP vii 268 § 4. mna metha, LL 215a 27 . Aedh remur (.i. Aedh meith), AU ii 456 z . ag méth, IT i 100.11 . bó m.¤ , O'Dav. 284. ferba brachtchi (.i. methi), FB 68. molt meth, Laws v 444.19 Comm. bás muicce méithe, Triads 92. bat metha mo mucca, IT iii 244.21 . dá én lánméthi, Anecd. i 38.6 .

Transf. rich, succulent; luxuriant, fertile: meic indrechtain lan-meith, MacCongl. 33.19 . ? fairec no tomailt meth .i. ide .i. cainneall, O'Dav. 1208 (where possibly meth is a separate gloss). arbur méith, Metr. Dinds. i 2. seacht ndíasa arbha ar én-choinnlín mhéth, Gen. xli 5. créd é an fearann, an truagh é nó an méith, Numbers xiii 20. gan ailges bídh, gan bethaid méth, ZCP viii 231 § 2.

Compar. as tigiu .i. as methiu (gl. crassioris), Ml. 20b1 . ba méthiu a n-ag foracbais-[s]iu, ScM. 8.2 ( Med. and Mod. Ir. Ser. vi = IT i 100.12 ). cid as meithi saill tuircc mesa?, ZCP xiii 270.19 . lus Eigipte is meithe meacan most succulent of root, Keat. Poems 1265. cine is méithe máirnéalaigh `most prolific in sea-faring men' (whose mariners are stoutest? of the Dutch), Ó Bruad. iii 150.

(b) as subst. fat: tic meth ara arainn, Laws ii 238.25 Comm. nir ith ēn-greim méith one morsel of fat, Mart. Don. 19. (fig.) for Aingid . . . mo bennacht co meth with plenty (?), Anecd. ii 32 § 8 (perhaps adv.). As allegor. npr.: Olar, Meith ocus Miscais, RC xxi 154 § 12.

Compd. muca meth-tairr fat-bellied , ZCP xi 95 § 45.