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1 mer o, ā.adj.used chiefly of persons, apparently off one's
35head,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
40 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. ¤ quasimur .i. imat . . . ar it imda na mera, 905 .fonrālaig
mairb mescthamir at our wit's end(?), SR 3579 (n p m.fora p.).
dia n-essib cor bo m. ¤ , Met. Dinds. ii 24. comdar mera mescda,
45 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
50mir(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.
55Of 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 . . .
budhmōrrda is budhmire, LL 396.2 .fear fa mire is fa cliste
san gcomhlann nimblest,fastest , Keat. Poems 209. is miride
60cruaidh fabhairt,steel is the nimbler for tempering, Dánfhocail
12 § 60.
(b)of thementally 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
65mir (.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
70. . . 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 ofsea: cusin muir m. ¤ , LL 136a49 . Cog.
178.25 .tar tonnaib in mara mir, Lism. L. 3819. ar thonnuib
75mera 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.
80 112.18 .roga romer` eager' (?extravagant,fantastic ), Met.
Dinds. i 6. togla, tána, . . . áera, rúne romera`keen riddles'
(?rash purposes or designs), iii 20 .Eochaidhmac 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
85 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 fromimchosnam
=the mad contest for the portion).matin mir, O'Mulc. 268
5(`on a bright morning' < Lat.merus, Stokes; perh. wild,gusty ).
Compds. (a) with adj. forming adwandacompd. or in
adverbialrelation: ¤ amnas, ZCP viii 264 § 21. ¤ borb,
CCath. 5791. ¤ calma 1928 . ¤ dána 347 . ¤ glé:gen
mergle a scion bold and bright(?), LL 134b7 = Todd Nenn.
10 246. ¤ 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.
15 ¤ 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.
20 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 ofsea:
tar muir meircenn, Trip. 34.5 ; 448.21 (meircend). Lism. L.
302. meirceann .i. mear, O'Cl. ¤ clann:tar merchlainn
25Ghaoidel, O'Gr. Cat. 456.13. ¤ dánacht recklessness , Fianaig.
70.2 .merdhánacht(oppd. tocríndacht), Luc. Fid. 143.14 .
¤ dántas,id. O'Hussey TC 225. meardhortadh, TSh. 6636.
¤ ghasradh, FM v 1652.9 . ¤ gním arash deed , Gorm. Apr.
14. ¤ grád infatuation:(with obj. gen.)éd tre mer-grádh a
30mná, 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 .
35 ¤ 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-
40nius), Aen. 2364.
(c) rarely with vb.:do merlabhair an muir talked wildly,
raved , CF 736. ro merlasadur a shuili, ZCP vi 58.21 (see
merlasadabove).

2 mer n ablackbird? mear .i. iarsinní bís a aenur isin allt a mbí .i.
45ina meracht ┐ ina aenur téit.quasi merulus.i. lon . . .quod
volat solus┐ ni bí én aile cid dia cheniul féin ina coemthecht,
Corm. p. 31 =mér, Corm. Y 890. mer .i.merulus.i. lon,
H. 3.18 p. 82 ( O'C. 152 ).
The gl. in Corm. may be explanatory of1 mer acrazy
50(thereforesolitary)person , and that of H. 3.18 an inference
from it.

1 mér n o,m.,n d. in damér , 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. naméra (but:trí méra is meóir énlámha,
55 ex. 1472 ),g p. mér.
Adigit,finger ;m. ¤ coise atoe. 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
60meraibh, 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 =
65 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,
70 BCC § 122. Used asmeasure: 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
75scorn
), 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').
80 ingen ar méraib `the nail on the fingers', legal term denoting
thelowest divisionof `fine' orfamily-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 .
85Compds. With adj. follg.,with —fingers, —fingered:
¤ chrom(m) crooked-fingered ; as sobriquet:Eogan Mérchrom
a quoCenél 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,
5 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 withmeór-,
meóir-:meoradhbhaill, O'Bruad. iii 48 § 10 v.l. meoirliosta
10` hand-sluggish ', 92.7 .