1 mer

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Forms: mear, mir

o, ā. adj. used chiefly of persons, apparently off one's head, demented, crazy , both of temporary condition due to excitement, intoxication, anger, etc., and of permanent quality; in heroic lit. applied to warriors (often in unfavour- able sense foolhardy, rash ); in Laws to the insane or half- witted. In late lit. often used in a complimentary sense spirited, lively, agile ; see IGT Dec. § 65 ( mear . . . ó chéill in mholta).

(a) Of persons: m.¤ .i. mo a ír .i. a ferg, Corm. Y 907. ? m.¤ quasi mur .i. imat . . . ar it imda na mera, 905 . mear .i. iarsinní bís a ænur isin allt a mbí .i. ina meracht ┐ ina ænur téit. quasi merulus .i. lon ... quod volat solus ┐ ni bí én aile cid dia cheniul féin ina coemtecht, Corm. 31 = mér, Corm. Y § 890 . mer .i. merulus .i. lon CIH ii 633.16 . fonrālaig mairb mesctha mir at our wit's end (?), SR 3579 (n p m. for a p.). dia n-essib cor bo m.¤ , Met. Dinds. ii 24. comdar mera mescda, YBL 138a28 . tibir cech m.¤ `every madcap is a laughing-stock', Tec. Corm. § 13.15 . drūth cech mer `recklessness is foolish', Ir. Proverbs 84.9 = Ériu ix 47 § 20 ( LL 147b39 ). cid dotgní m.¤, a mic legind? what drives you mad? Aisl. MC 47.28 . rogain mir `a madman's choice', Met. Dinds. iii 84. ni luadh mir (i.e. incredible statement), BR 170.4 . ra toebh leicne mer- laīch mhir, Moling § 18. gasruidh m.¤ active, spirited , Ir. Texts ii 33 § 18. nert sloigh láinmhir, IGT Dec. ex. 352. comhartha an mār-mir Macha `great warrior' (? madman), MR 226.12 . gníomh ainnirtag ollamh mhear `a crazy poet', Content. xxvii 5. Of women: in m.¤ mend (of Macha of Emain), Met. Dinds. iv 128 . don mnaí théithmir, ib. Compar. Midlúachair miriu cech maín ` sprightlier ', Met. Dinds. iii 282. ni ḟaca laoch . . . budh mōrrda is budh mire, LL 396.2 . fear fa mire is fa cliste san gcomhlann nimblest, fastest , Keat. Poems 209. is miride cruaidh fabhairt, steel is the nimbler for tempering, Dánfhocail 12 § 60.

(b) of the mentally deficient: oinmhit .i. m.¤ nó baeth, IT iii 276. fear fris ro scara[d] a cond .i. duine mear, Laws v 234. 28 Comm. na mir ┐ na hecodnaig, i 86.21 . cuimrech in duine mir (.i. fo tabur in dluighe fulla), 300.10 , 11 . cor mire contract of a mad woman, 52.2 . m.¤ gan rath (a class of `drúth'), H. 3.18 p. 423a ( O'C. 892 ).

(c) of animals: tarb maeth mer, Met. Dinds. iv 338. delb dhoim allaid . . . mhir, LB 124b1 = Keat. iii 2039. eascaire . . . inn aighi mir `mad cow', Laws iii 272.12 . Mide magen na marc mer spirited, mettlesome , Met. Dinds. ii 42. eich maithe meara, Cog. 112.5 .

(d) common epithet of sea: cusin muir m.¤ , LL 136a49 . Cog. 178.25 . tar tonnaib in mara mir, Lism. L. 3819. ar thonnuib mera in mara, Ériu ii 92.12 . fairge mhear, Keat. Poems 1462. mire 'náit na mōrthonda (of a chieftain), ZCP viii 221 § 48.

(e) of abstracts, actions, etc. wild, rash, precipitate, etc.: m.¤ is nír chond ceille in col, LL 33a38 . don mortlaid malar- tuind mir raging , 132b48 . Cath Glinne Mama is mór m.¤ , Cog. 112.18 . roga romer ` eager' (? extravagant, fantastic ), Met. Dinds. i 6. togla, tána, . . . áera, rúne romera `keen riddles' (? rash purposes or designs), iii 20 . Eochaidh mac R. an rūin mhir, LL 394.16 . ropo m.¤ a nnert, 33a41 . treb Beniamín co mbrig mir, LB 124b9 = Keat. iii 2047. uabhar mer, IGT Dec. ex. 880. ní rád m.¤ no wild (incredible) statement, LU 3035 , cf. ní m.¤ , ZCP viii 113 § 1. criss arcait, ni haicde m.¤ `no paltry (? hastily finished, scamped) work', Fianaig. 14.2 . imchosnam in míre mir `the contest for the coveted portion', Met. Dinds. iv 180 (epithet prob. transferred from imchosnam = the mad contest for the portion). matin mir, O'Mulc. 268 (`on a bright morning' < Lat. merus, Stokes; perh. wild, gusty ).

Compds.

(a) with adj. forming a dwanda compd. or in adverbial relation: ¤amnas, ZCP viii 264 § 21. ¤borb, CCath. 5791. ¤calma 1928 . ¤dána 347 . ¤glé: gen mergle a scion bold and bright (?), LL 134b7 = Todd Nenn. 246. ¤trén, CCath. 1928. ¤uallach, SR 6686. With adj. formed from subst.: oclach . . . meardālach brisk in encounter, Cog. 170.19 . meardhuaiseach swift (impulsive) in bounty , Keat. Poems 738. mermenmnach, ZCP vi 32.12 . xiii 217.12 .

(b) with subst.: ¤ág ` furious battle ', Gorm. July 10. ¤aicme: mac Mugroin mir-aicme, LL 394.45 . ¤aichne: trí comartha tirdachta .i. immargal ┐ immarbág ┐ m. `mistaking one person for another (?)' (? muddle-headedness), Triads 229. Samhradh na meraithne . . . ni aithned neach caem nō cara ann `Summer of the Aberration', AU iii 130.6 , cf. FM iv 896. Finghin . . . do mharbhadh lá a bhráithribh tre mhearaithne by mistake , FM ii 1104.5 . ¤bhuinne Muaidhe swift stream, torrent , Ériu viii 135.28 . ¤cenn ` mad-head', epithet of sea: tar muir meircenn, Trip. 34.5 ; 448.21 (meircend). Lism. L. 302. meirceann .i. mear, O'Cl. ¤clann: tar merchlainn Ghaoidel, O'Gr. Cat. 456.13. ¤dánacht recklessness , Fianaig. 70.2 . merdhánacht (oppd. to críndacht), Luc. Fid. 143.14 . ¤dántas, id. O'Hussey TC 225. meardhortadh, TSh. 6636. ¤ghasradh, FM v 1652.9 . ¤gním a rash deed , Gorm. Apr. 14. ¤grád infatuation: (with obj. gen.) éd tre mer-grádh a mná, ZCP viii 108 z . mear-ghrádh na meirdreach, TSh. 5514. ¤gus: co m. garg, LL 137b16 . go m. dían, ZCP x 24.28 . co mēd meargosa, MR 136.24 . ¤laithe: i mmerlaithib errchaidib blustering days, Hib. Min. 66.36 . ¤lasad: a ṡúile ar merlasadh wildly flashing, Ériu v 180.300 . ZCP vi 278.27 . ¤línad: dochóidh gus an mbairille púdair . . . do merlíonadh a mhiosúr ` quickly (? rashly) replenish ', FM vi 2072. ¤ṡáile `brackish water', FM v 1626.7 . ¤scál: cland in merscáil móir (of Mile), ZCP xiii 364.2 , cf. Leb. Gab. i 176.11 . ¤tonn, RC xxix 142.2 . ¤tretell: in mertretill ┐ in rind agha (of Asca- nius), Aen. 2364.

(c) rarely with vb.: do merlabhair an muir talked wildly, raved , CF 736. ro merlasadur a shuili, ZCP vi 58.21 (see merlasad above).

1 mér

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Forms: mér, meraib, meóir, meór, méra, mér

n o, m., n d. in da mér , Thes. ii 249.11 (Sg. Incant.). d p. meraib, 245.37 (Cambr. Hom). mér o, m., IGT Dec. § 61 , g s. meóir, d s. meór, n a p. na méra (but: trí méra is meóir énlámha, ex. 1472 ), g p. mér.

A digit, finger ; m.¤ coise a toe. mer laime, gl. digitus, Ir. Gl. 465. mer coisi, gl. articulus, 466 . na mera, gl. digitos, Lor. Gild. 167. dona .x. meraib, ib. 169 . remithir dóit láma neich aile cach mér día méraib, FB 91. ar barr gach meoir da meraibh, CF 213. cona méur (= digito), Lat. Lives 29. domrimart . . . co n-óenmeór isin richis, LU 9453. in gai ro bai for a meor, Aen. 2131. secht meóir cechtar a dá choss. secht meóir cechtar a dá lám, LU 6550 = TBC² 2034 , TBC 2723. ro in[ṡ]orchaigset a chúic meúir in mag, Trip. 126.11 = a chuicc mer, Lat. Lives 17. a tri mēir in Dūileamain . . . atāt ōs mo mullach, ZCP xiii 179.12 . is bec naro chomraicset mera a choss (of two opposing hosts), TFerbe 329 . cumad mera na cos amuil mera na lam, Laws iii 350.14 . forácaib folliucht a mer forsan ailig, PH 6353. ata slícht a meor indti, BCC § 122. Used as measure: tri duirnn ┐ da mer a fada, RC xviii 32.30 , cf. FM ii 996.10 . tri meir a tiget, Laws ii 238.16 . cia tiget na saille? Tri meoir, LB 260b19 . Cf. O'Dav. 807. gurab écen m.¤ dot mūnad ind-airecd may a finger be needed to point thee out in the assembly (= mayst thou be an object of scorn), Fél. 96.15 (cf. Lat. monstrare digito). gurab eiccin meur fair . . . inn aireacht dia mūnadh, BNnÉ 305 § 19. múinidh sé le n-a mhéuruibh (of a graceless person), Prov. vi 13. cuir do mher id bheul, Luc. Fid. 388.3 (a sign of discomfiture, cf. colloquial Eng. `put your finger in your eye').

ingen ar méraib `the nail on the fingers', legal term denoting the lowest division of `fine' or family-group , Laws iv 282.19 ; 286.1 . ranntair óthá athair . . . for cúlo ┐ frithrusc a frithisi coruici ingen-ar-méraibh, Ériu i 215.17 . co hua ┐ iarmu . . . co ingin ar meraib, vii 166.14 .

Compds. With adj. follg., with — fingers, — fingered: ¤chrom(m) crooked-fingered ; as sobriquet: Eogan Mérchrom a quo Cenél Mérchroim, ZCP viii 328.31 , cf. LL 347c44 . ¤ḟota long-fingered (-toed): cuilen merfota, IT iii 72 § 29. ¤gel: on mnaoi mérghil, ZCP viii 109 § 8. ¤ṡeng slender- fingered , freq. epithet of noble persons: Mercuur merseng, BB 412a14 . in méirṡeang mín, ZCP viii 229.14 . ingen Máine mérṡeing, Met. Dinds. iv 4. don mhnai mhéirshing, SG 68.41 . días méirseng, Ériu ii 164.7 .

In Mod.Ir. such compds. are occas. formed with meór-, meóir-: meoradhbhaill, O'Bruad. iii 48 § 10 v.l. meoirliosta ` hand-sluggish ', 92.7 .

2 mér

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Forms: merenn, mera, mérai, merib

n f. (variant of smér) orig. n-stem? cf. Thes. i 5.15 : occidit . . . moros eorum in pruina .i. fructus sicomiris [= sycomori?] nó merenn ` mulberry '. Name of a berry, blackberry? n p. mera derga, cæra glasa, LL 117b23 . mérai nó cnoi, Mon. Tall. § 13. meru mætnaide `', ZCP xiii 276.14 . d p. merib (gl. moris Eclog. vi 22 ), Thes. ii 361.

méra

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Forms: méra, méire, méra, -dha, mére

n m. (AN loan-word Risk 588 ) a mayor . méra méire, IGT Decl. § 2.13 (sing. invar., n p. méra, -dha). an mére , ib. ex. 87 . m.¤ an bhaile, AU iii 484.6 (an. 1507 ). mére an bhaile, FM v 1290. 22 . dia ḟorcongra for an mera, 1728.6 . Cf. maer.

merach

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Forms: mérach

adj o, ā. .l. ech [n]dubglas ┐ .l. coire n-umai ┐ .l. araid merach, Anecd. i 12.11 ( YBL 131b34 ). For aráid (some kind of garment, a mantle?) see TBC 5476 , 5479 . Possibly mérach (< 1 mér) having fingers or finger-like appendages .

merachad

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x see merugud.

meracht

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Forms: mherracht

n ā, f., (1 mer) mental or emotional disturbance, excite- ment, derangement . m.¤ quasi mer-icht . . . .i. gnimh mer, Corm. Y 891. m.¤ a herma the madness of its gallop (of a horse), Laws iii 180.19 Comm. m.¤ a nuidlechais `the excitement of her new milk' (of a cow), 228.16 Comm. , cf. v 152.13 Comm. meisce merachta sain ┐ noco meisci lenna, iii 202.3 Comm. ro soerad Nabcudón . . . don meracht forsa mbui, RC xii 436 § 44 . ar na líonadh . . . do dhíomus ┐ do mhersacht `being elated with pride and ambition', TFrag. 158 (leg. mherracht).

meraid

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Forms: merad, mearaid, merad

v ā. (1 mer) distracts, crazes, perturbs ; cid ra mer in cali? TBC 1934 = créd do mhear, ZCP viii 553.28 . Acall. 854. Adham Samson Solum rí | ro mersat a mban-airli the counsels of their women infatuated them, Ériu ii 229 § 5. mo sir-peccaid . . . ram-mersitar, Ir. Lit. 6.10 . dergi a gruaidhi . . . do mhear mo cheill is mo chonn, ZCP xiii 169.20 . inghean Domhnaill do mhear mé, Measgra Dánta 57.29 . Pass. impers. with imb: ro merad imut thou art beside thyself, TFerbe 537 . (pers.) ro mearaid menmanda na miled, TTebe 3076 (leg. ro mearaig, Ed.?).

vn. merad: fogul do denum ris um a codhnaitu .i. a merad to derange him, Laws v 298.7 Comm.

1 meraige

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Forms: mearuighe

n io, m., (1 mer) one whose wits are confused or dis- ordered; a muddle-headed or scatter-brained person: ni thucai nach [m]eraige `no fool understands it', Thes. ii 292.7 ( Ml. Poems ii ). ni-n-acend nach m.¤ (i.e. we are invisible to dull- witted mortals), SC 45. ní fuiris nach meraide the unthinking will not find it out, Ériu iv 134 § 12. atraracht Moisi . . . ni pu héirge meraige, SR 3766. trí comartha meraigi [meraigthe v.l.]: slicht a chíre ina ḟolt, slicht a ḟiacal ina chuit, slicht a luirge ina diaid ` fop' (? feckless person), Triads 103. cauradmir tige meraige (i.e. the house of a man without forethought), LU 8117 = FB 9 (see context). de mnaíb ┐ maccaemaib . . . midlaigib ┐ meraigib ḟer ṅhErend, TBC 3827. nir meraigi migaiscid, MR 232.16 . Folld. by defining gen.: mairg is m.¤ a dana (i.e. woe to him who takes his calling lightly, said to a frivolous cleric), ZCP x 44.27 . mearaidhe .i. amadán, O'Cl. mearuighe, Eg. Gl. 274 seems = meraigthe. ? tanaise ┐ meraige `the second swarm and the "meraighe" swarm' (of bees), Laws iv 172.10 (glossed: .i. . . . in smeraige, ib. 27 , cf. 174.16 , 18 ).

As adj. io,iā.: sruth na Muaide mōire . . . meraighe meander- ing (?), IT iii 89 § 117 = Bruchst. i § 37 (`', Meyer).

2 meraige

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n , f., (mer) aberration, derangement: mearaidhe an tuaithbheartaigh the infatuation of the evil-doer, Hackett xxv 16.