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5 bec adj o, ā small,little, ofsize,quantity,extent,physicaland
moral: b. ¤ quasiecebraice paru[u]s interpretatur, Corm. Y 151.
duine beggl.homunculus, Ir. Gl. 436. magnus et minus. . .
mor ┐ beg, Auraic. 676. natat becagl.non parua, Ml. 18b6 .
cid na olc mb. ¤ `even any little evil', 35d9 .atá debe m[b]ec
10nand, 40a20 .ma beth na galar b. ¤ for corp duini,
Thes. ii 245.34 (Cambr.).na brithemnachta becca`petty judgements',
Wb. 9c8 .both b. ¤ gl.umbraculo, Ml. 100c21 .inna mmacc
ṁbecc, 123b12 .cid b. ¤ cid márgl.quantitas, Sg. 28b7 .immar
fa b. ¤ `whether it be great or small', 73a16 .huan suidiu biucgl.
15 modica sesione, Ml. 135a14 .o aimsir bicc`for a little time',
Wb. 5c2 .is becc rand aos túate ┐ lucht na sencheld mór ucut
`the laity and the people of the great old churches yonder are of
little worth
', Mon. Tall. 137.4 nibo b. ¤ in tech, Sc. M² 5.
fri ré iúbili bicci .i. uii mbliadna, LU 4044. cansit ceól mb. ¤ ,
20 LU 3274 ( SC 7 ).ar thoirsi in meic bic do chosc, MU² 186.
atchi tenid mbic`a little fire', RC xxiii 418.25 .id-bert an
laoidh mbig si ann, ML² 1151. b. ¤ cech glōr is cech gredan,
Bruchst. i 62 § 143. dogní na briathra beca sa(of some lines
of rhetoric), SG 371.18 .faillsighis . . . doibh-siumh an
25talamh mbiucc dia mbattar iarraidh .i. tir thairrngire,
BNnÉ 77 § 148 .lethad baisi bigi(of a measure of bread),
ZCP vi 286.10 .beag nglóire thú i dtalmhain(lit.)small as
regards glory
, Dán Dé viii 13 (but ex. may belong to subst.
use below).más beag mór ar mbéim`all our sins, great and
30small
', Aithd. D. 85.2 .ní fhuil dá éis dom scéimh acht scáil
bheag, Keat. Poems 516. do chrích Banbha is beag re
maoidheamh`small credit to B.', Aithd. D. 28.6 .b. ¤ b. ¤ very
small
, Ériu v 22.21 .becc nāt beg`not too tiny', K. and H.
10 (See Bull. Board of Celt. Stud. xxiv (1972) 484).
35 Compar.andsuperl.supplied by root *lug(cf. ).b. ¤ ┐
lugum ┐ lugusomh, Auraic. 659. Compar. laugu(sic leg. laugi,
MS), Wb. 6b12 .lugu, 16c26 , Ml. 23a13 .laigiu, 17c7 , Sg. 120b2 .
lughagl.minor, Ir. Gl. 1115. dleagait mic leigind . . . saire
ada lugu a free status that is less(than that of higher-ranking
40men of letters), Laws v 102.6 .gnim nad lugu smacht for
which the penalty is not less
, IT i 70.19 .co nar ba luga
hí . . . oltás orcc cránai it was no smaller than a young pig,
PH 7210. ni lugu is machtnaigthi lim-sa I have no less reason
to marvel
, 1758 .gerba lugu d'ais ┐ do airrdi in gilla sin`of
45lesser age and height
', TTebe 393 .Scotia Minor nó Scotia ba
lugha, Keat. ii 5797. WithDE:combad lugaite a nert i n-agid
ríg Lagen that their strength might be the less, LL 6423. his
laugudi a pennit, Ériu vii 154 § 2. ba lugaide a galarsom ón
do suidiu`thus his sickness was alleviated', Ériu xii 166.7 .
50 ro ba lughaide ro heccaoíneadh a oidheadh go ro thionnsccain
sé dol ar bélaibh a athar`was the less lamented', FM v 1778.1 .
Superl.:lugimengl.minimam, Ml. 14c10 .is ē dēach is
laigem, Corm. Y 447. cia luigem i fuillemaib gell, Laws v
376.1 . With form ofcompar.:ūair is é mer is lauga isin
55lāim é(the little finger), Corm. Y 809. na tri fira is luga a
fenechus the three smallest(least in value), Cóic Con. Fug. 42
§ 63 .i coneilg in neich is lughu, Auraic. 677. in aen lámh
mharcaigh as luga rob olc`by no means one of the least expert
horsemen
', FM vi 2040.11 . Inadverbialphrases:na rach-
60thai . . . co cend .x. ṁbliadan a n-as lugu de`at the least'
( TTr. 1776 ), LL 32574. in mēide is lugha dhe, Fl. Earls 178.z .
adeirim nī sa lugha cúig Paidreacha at least , Parrth. Anma 777.
muna rabha sí ann go follus, ní as lúgha de, bíodh sí a bhfol-
ach none the less, Mac Aingil 2210 .
65Asadv.ind s. (in) biuc little,a little;a while?), in some exx.
perh. merely expletive:ma conatil biucc`if it has slept a
little
', Wb. 29d15 .in biuccgl.paulatim, Sg. 12b1 .cid in
biucc`even in small measure', 39a25 .in biuc iarumgl.
paulo post, Ml. 19b6 .in biuc`to a small degree', 122b7 .
70 seōl bic romaind 'sa rōt cētna / a choss truag-sa, Arch. iii
243 § 27. an biuc, a L. corot-aiciller, Sc. M² 9. tair bic ille,
LU 3724 ( SC 33 ).Compar.asadv. ind lugugl.minus,
Ml. 123c12 .
Assubst.of persons and thingssmall,petty,unimportant
75(ofstate,rank,possessions,etc.): ataat cetheora sabuid
tuaithe noda-desruithetar i mbecaib who are degraded to small
people
, ZCP xvi 177 § 14 (= Laws i 54.8 ), see 184.23 .a becco,
ol Fer Rogain, BDD² 888. nān .i. b. ¤ ut dicitur, nanus.i. abac
nō lucharbān, O'Mulc. 828. dona beaguibh(=paruulis,
80 Ps. 118 ), Parrth. Anma 9 (title-page). In phr.o b. ¤ (biuc)
co mór both smallandgreati.e.everybody: tabhach cíosa ┐ cána
Maodhóg o bhecc go mór`from small and great', BNnÉ 203
§ 44 ,cf. v.l., n.3.na coiglidh enduine acu o b. ¤ co mor, Fier.
131. donangatarsidhe ó bhiug co mór, Hugh Roe 108.10 .Cf.
85 etir b. ¤ ┐ mór both small and great, Ml. 114b17 .
Assubst. o,n. a little,a little while, etc.,smallness,fewness:
beag,m. IGT Decl. § 65. cid a mb. ¤ gl.uel paululum, Ml.
29b12 .b. ¤ gl.paulum, Sg. 14a11 . Études Celt. xi 110. iṁforling
hícc a mbeicc rochreti`of the few of them', Wb. 5b21 .is becc
rofitemmarni i rrúnaib dǽe, 12c5 .cid beicc daucbaid si`of
5little worth
', Wb. 21c12 .is hed a mbeccsin nammá dogníu di
maith, 24a12 .cid b. ¤ ṅdi ulc, Ml. 46a1 .cid cen na b. ¤ ndo
síd and`even without a little of peace there', 51a5 .ní b. ¤ dia
ndergeni forcenn a sailm`it is no small thing', 69c7 .corrobu
b. du essarcnaib furodamair, 131b12 .becc torbai little profit,
10 Thes. ii 296.4 .a mbecc mín`the small light diet', Mon. Tall.
152.20 .a mb. ¤ arathá . . . doṁsaegulsa during the little that
remains of my life
, RC iii 179.9 .edrad fota do biuc (bicc,v.l.)
buair`long the milking time for a few cattle', Ériu v 116.8 .
dochóidseom trá i nnem arin ṁb. sin do maith, LL 36833.
15 don ti rucc becc h'innmusa, RC xxvi 366.4 .beg dá hioth
do-chúaidh ar gcúl, IGT Decl. ex. 1093. as beag do geabhthar
do dhaoinibh fíréanta a small number, Desid. 2257. beag ga
bhfoil an ceart ar chuimhne` few ', Aithd. D. 38.5 .ar
uathadh sluaigh ┐ ar beg mbuidhne, FM v 1662.3 . Of time:
20 ni bia do m'fhuirech-sa anosa mar-oen frit . . . acht b. ¤ bet
oc tuba h'uilc . . . i t'agaid, PH 8230. dar thrachtsam beg
roimhe so`a short time', Geneal. Tracts 53.5 .
With prec. possess.3 s.:rochotail a becc slept a while,
TBC² 2513. nír codail a b. ¤ an aidhchi sin he did not sleep
25at all
, ZCP x 307.18 .ni rucsat a beg ar a m-buidnib they
quite failed to overtake
, Celt. Rev. iv 206.20 .dá leigeadh a
lámha síos a bheag nó a mhór, Eochairsg. 54.5 .hi tōeb na
conaire anair a bic`a little to the east', Dinds. 20. gan a bheg
`not a whit', Duan. Finn i 53.20 .dubhairt-sean nach raibhe
30a bheag`he said it was nothing', Keat. ii 5272.
With neg. verb and follg.DI anythingat all, thesmallest
quantity: ní romill a becc din chasail(=permanente cassula
tantum intacta quod ignis non tetigit), Lat. Lives 11.12 .na
beiridh a bhecc da bhar nettaighibh libh asin luing, BNnÉ
35 54 § 55 .ní haithristear a bheag da scéalaibh`no tidings
whatever are given of them
', Keat. ii 2571. Cf. nochon do
biuc bae dia brīg not slight was his power, ZCP viii 217 § 5.
In phr.acht b. ¤ almost,nearly: fri re tri n-uairi acht b. ¤ , PH
550. dia bualad co mbo marb acht b. ¤ so that he was nearly
40dead
, LU 3290 ( SC 8 ).roscarsatur ar cuirp fri ar n-anmannaib
acht b. ¤ `have all but separated', MacCarthy 66.23 .acht
madh beac, Fl. Earls 168.23 .b. ¤ ná, b. ¤ nach almost,nearly
(i.e. littlebut that): b. ¤ nachamralae i nderchóiniud ón`I have
almost fallen into despair
', Ml. 90c17 .b. ¤ nád múchtha doíne
45impu were nearly stifled, TBFr. 272. beag nach brisiodh mo
chroidhe / gach dán roimhe da gcumainn, Studies 1918, 618
§ 11 .beg do Tuadmumain nár thrían / do bí ag M. M. held
almost a third of Thomond
, Caithr. Thoirdh. 136.15 .go raibhe
trian bhfear nÉireann ré filidheacht beagnach, Keat. iii 1462.
50So also:is b. ¤ mā dorinnus ariam gnīomh . . . badh doilghe
liom do dhēanamh hardly , Feis TC 1469. is beac ma ba
oirrdearca C.`C. . . . was scarcely more illustrious', CF 411.
Cf. is b. ¤ cid dia fesstar a chenél`his kin will be almost unknown',
RC xxiv 176.5 .
55With copula and follg. prep.is b. ¤ do it is little,insufficient
(for): ba becc duitsiu cometecht dossom`it were little for
thee (sic leg.) to be indulgent to him
', Wb. 10c10 .ba b. ¤ ṅdamsa
mad buith cen chotludtantum , Ml. 95d13 . Hence with neg.
it isenough; an bhraid-sin nochar bheag dí`grief enough for
60her
', Dán Dé ii 23 .ní beag dó dá chora i gcéill / an fhola féin
i ló an Luain, Aithd. D. 100.33 .ní beag seal don bhaois,
Dánta Gr. 102.2 .níor bheag aon aifrionn amháin do rádh
ar gach n-anam a single mass would suffice, Eochairsg. 51.20 .
cá b. ¤ do ? is it not enough (for) ?:ca beag dóibh so do robh-
65adh? KMMisc. 352.3 .cár bheag dhuid aithmhéala inn ?
`would not repentance satisfy thee?' Aithd. D. 34.5 .cá beag
sin dá chur i gcéill ? isn't that enough to make it clear? Dánta
Gr. 85.8 .is (ní) b. ¤ la deems insufficient;thinks littleof: is
beic(g s.)lim in bríg sin ced molad ced tatháir domberaidsi
70domsa is beicc limsa a bríg`little do I care', Wb. 82d1 .as
becc lem slechtain dó I think it beneath me to make obeisance
to him
, BNnÉ 13 § 13 .mó as beag lé burba na bhfear
`small account did she(viz. Eamhain)make of', Content.
xxx 35. fá beag leó . . . iad féin ┐ a sochar do bhuain
75don duine`they did not hesitate' (Vocab.), TSh. 3065.
ní beg limm do biadh gu bráth / balad mo chráibi cáimhe,
Anecd. i 34.23 .ná bad begc la hingin ríg hErenn feis
lais that the daughter of the King of Ireland should deem
it no small honour to sleep with him
, BColm. 88.8 .doraid in
80saer nar' beg lais do shaegul usci do thoidecht docum in
muilinn(=sufficit mihi vivere donec), RC xii 344 § 39.
adubradarsan nar beg leo féin a fheabhus sin they thought
that excellent
(i.e.an offer of billeting), L. Chl. Suibhne § 9.12 .
is b. ¤ ar thinks little of,considers insignificant;despises,
85 dislikes: sgéal is beag ar a mbuachail, Ir. Syll. Poetry 29 § 3.
is beg oram cáil na mban, Duan. Finn i 85.31 .beg air imurro
caingean na namad . . . uair ra dhlighsiot`he thought little
of the doings of the enemies . . . for they were entitled to it
',
TFrag. 154.13 .is bec orumsa gach uile leiges lagtach isin
cuis so acht clisteri(=abhorreo), Rosa Ang. 288.16 .gidh
5beg ormsa S., Ériu v 184.1 .an tí do dhéanadh math . . .
dhóibh, go madh é budh lugha orra, Gadelica 38.65 .is
lughaidi orum tú beth a t-[S]axanach . . . uair is don talam-
sin in dias is lugha orum tainic riam, ZCP vi 87.21 .gidh
ard thú ó threibh fhola, / dola i gclú leibh ní lugha you are
10just as intent on becoming famous
, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 215.20 .
Innn. loc.:in herinn bicc bebais`in Becc-Eriu',
Fél. Apr. 23. Augustin Insi Bice, Lat. Lives 42.2 . See Hog.
Onom.
Inn. pr.:feil Brain Bic, Fél. May 18 .
15Compds. (a)With nouns..x. mbuair . . . mbec-
alma, Ériu ii 4.11 . ¤ baile:go mbeg-bailtip`villages', Fl.
Earls 82.20 . ¤ déntaid`smallworker ' (one of categories of
wives with specific activities, see Stud. in E. Ir. Law 34.32 ):
masa beccdentaidh, gunudh seiseadh no nomadh gnimha a
20fir aiccisi ann sein, Laws ii 410.7 Comm. issed da ní becc-
dentaidh dissi banaicidh (sic) uaidhsiumh ina aighidsi`what
makes her a small worker is to have feminine implements
supplied by him
', 22 Comm. ¤ dolb: (in rhetoric)iba srúaim
sruthborr slán lam broind begdolb crú, LL 13860. ¤ ecla of
25littlefear .pnAs epithet:Conaing B., ZCP viii 337.20 . ¤ enech
of smallhonour: comairge béldub b. ¤ , Tec. Corm. 33.2 . ¤ ḟola,
smallstock,cattle: .x. mbuair mbecfolad . . . glossed:
.i. cáirigh nó gabhair nó dairt, Ériu ii 4.10 . ¤ ní a small
thing, atrifle: dorindi in ridiri bagar ┐ becni do briath-
30raibh Sir Gyi, ZCP vi 32.26 . ¤ popul little(lowly)people:
is cend daim for dartoid [.i.] mōrpersan for becphopul,
O'Mulc. 753. ¤ ṡaegal short life: gan uamhan báis nō beg-
s[h]aogail, ML² 1189. ¤ ṡed littleinterest,heed: teirce a-cách
an creideamh cóir / beigsheadh ag cách san chanóin, DDána
35 57.1 . ¤ ṡelb:i lennmhain a mbegṡelbha bó`their few cattle',
Hugh Roe 84.20 . ¤ ṡluag a smallcompany,host: is doras bāls
beg-s[h]luag, ML² 1384. Withvn. ¤ carthain:gan bhríogh i
mbeag-charthain séad`paltry love of treasures', Content.
xxix 13. (b)With adjj. derived from nouns: ¤ cíallda having
40littlesense,weak-witted: boathán builidh beig-ciallda, TSh.
1721. ¤ cosach short-stalked: (of a plant) luib b. ¤ , Arch. i 330
§ 11 . ¤ cridech small-hearted,hard-hearted: aderthar gurab
duine cruaidh no beccchroidhech thu, Ériu v 138 § 124.
¤ dígbálach oflittle harm: neithi iat sein . . . begdighbalacha,
45 Ir. Texts v 2 7. ¤ eclach fearless: Conaing B., LL 2491.
¤ ḟoltach having littlesubstance, `inops': sochla brīg b. ¤ ,
ZCP v 503.1 . ¤ lachtach yielding little milk: comét in buair
bec-lachtaig, Met. Dinds. iv 338.26 . ¤ menmnach dispirited:
dobhí se go brónach begmhenmnach, Ériu v 196.33 . ¤ náirech
50 impudent,shameless: m'iaraidh-si do bhancheile led' bog-
bhriathraib begnaracha, ZCP vi 26.16 . ¤ nertach having little
strength,weak: biaid in bhuidhe becnertach(of a plague),
SG 21.4 . ¤ nertmar:don chriosdáidhe óg bhíos maoth
beignertmhar, O'Hussey TC 195.13 . ¤ thuicsech feeble-witted:
55 an téigentach bocht begthuigsech sin, Ériu v 166.34 . ¤ uisc-
ech:biaidh . . . an geimhreadh . . . beag-uisceach`scarce of
water
', Corp. Astron. 64.7 . Note also artificial compd. ¤ máo:
in b. ¤ máo (?leg.becmáo) .i. is b. ¤ as máo oldáusa .i. is b. ¤ in
derscugudgl.paruo maior quam ego, Sg. 45a15 .
60Note also:muiti .i. mifothai . . . .i. b. ¤ caithte a foghur,
Auraic. 467.

becaid v(bec)makes small,depletes: [do] roibheag bhú an duine
dhuibh`has depleted the cattle' (Notes), O'R. Poems 271.

becaigid v(bec) lessens,diminishes,reduces: is eadh begaighes
65fuillem in gill sea`makes small', Laws v 378.22 Comm.
begaighther saith C. de sin, LB 278b23 .do traethadh
tennail na teinedh / M. do begaigh a brigh, SG 23.7 .Vn.
ó do mothaig . . . a brígh ag begughadh ó'n buille sin`perceiv-
ing . . . his vigour to be reduced
', Caithr. Thoirdh. 116.28 .do
70thart ma n-uair ní fhaghar / acht lacht buair do bheagaghadh,
Magauran 2807 .

? becaire: ind mor ainm in beacaire (: brethaile), IT iii 91 § 130.

? becairecht n(cf.prec. wd.):beacaireacht, IT iii 103 § 199
(text incomplete).

75 becán n o,m.(bec) IGT Decl. § 35. (a) alittle, smallquantity:
b. ¤ gl.pauxillum, Sg. 14a12 . Études Celt. xi 110. gl.paululus,
48a3 .ar na hernigther mar i mbec, Laws v 476.28 glossed:
moran i bail i ndlegar becan, 478.31 Comm. dobeir begán
dobeir mórán / is dobeir in fichid marg, SG 287.1 .tucc Dīa
80sonus for beccān bíd, BColm. 60.16 .morán . . . beagán, 2 Cor.
viii 15. so cenn begain aimsiri`in a short while', St. Ercuil
258. begcan dergci innti, Maund. 71. begān glōir do budh
mōr neimh a small voice (lit. a little of a voice), ZCP viii 223.6 .
le beagán do shásadh, DDána 20.26 .beccán becc íarna
85thionntúdh=a little after, RSClára 16a .began ┐ én mhile
amhain`a little more than one mile only', Mart. Don. May 20.
afew, asmall number: in becan sa dib these few of them(at
end of list), LU 2486 ( RC iv 256 § 25 ).in becan ro batar
those few, Cog. 176.29 .cenmotha in beccan Cristaige, LB
154a33 .tāinic Eōgan begān soc[h]raidi`with a few' (Gloss.),
5 ML² 407. becān do maithib a muinntire, 921 .Eoin Bruinne
is a bheagán ban, Dán Dé xx 37 .gluaissit begān buidhne
`proceeded with a small company', Fl. Earls 20.10 .lé begán
briathar`in a few words', FM v 1716.10 . Asadv. alittle,
slightly: fri Dísiurt Lóchait antúaid bican(bicon, TBC² 772 ),
10 LU 5249. codail begán begán beg, Duan. Finn i 84.1 .
iníslighid begān, RSClára 105a . In phr.do b. ¤ :in mac taisigh
rob ferr do bí i nErinn do beagan that was no doubt the best,
AU ii 550.9 .na biadha ┐ na deocha as measa do bheagan
(=parum deterior potus aut cibus), 23 K 42,22.7 .
15 (b) little one,child;humble,lowlyone: indat blaithe beccain
(: Breccáin)`little ones', Fél.² Sept. 4 . becain.i.humiles , cxl .
Note also:obsa becan(? of a horse)a little fellow(?), IT
iii 68.1 .