fonnmar

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adj o-ā (cf. 2 and 3 fonn)

(a) tuneful, melodious; pleasant, delightful (the two meanings are not easy to dis- tinguish; in most of the exx. the meaning is undefined). Carey, Ériu lii 67-68, argues that these meanings are late M.Ir. and that earlier uses are derived from 1 fonn giving senses 'having broad territories' and 'extensive, far-flung': fúaim fondmar LL 328 f 57 . aitteoch frit ... ind firmimint ḟonnmair ZCP viii 232 § 8 ( Ir. Lit. 102 ; `tuneful'). roḟes co f.¤ a clu `its fame was known in melody' Met. Dinds. ii 78 . fer fonnmur binn `obliging, pleasant' AU iii 196 . fil firu fondmuriu foltliubru fóó `tuneful' ZCP ii 315.17 . fer fonnmhar na bhfonn sgathach | ré ndubhradh Conn Céad-chathach, Ir. Monthly 1927, 664 ( DDána p. 356 ).

(b) desirous: curaid ... fraechda f.¤ ` willing ' MR 182.2 . cineadh .. bhíos fonnmhar ar chlú d'ḟaghbháil (= gloriae avida), Keat. i p. 64 . fonnmhar chum chuidighthe liom, MS. Mat. 550 ( Gen. Reg. et SS., ed. Walsh, p. 5 ). la deach- radh na feirgi fonnmoire eager, impetuous (?) Anecd. ii 78x . Compar.: bá fonnmhaire leam ina sin ` I rather ...' 1 Cor. xiv 5 .