1 medar, medair

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Forms: medair, medra, medar, meadhair, meadh-ra, -rach, meadhar, medhair, meidhir

n ā, f., n s. medair, Thes. ii 290.9 , Fél. Prol. 219 , AU 918 (poem). medar, SR 2899 , 5445 , 5949 ; Gorm. May 6 , Nov. 26. g s. medra, SR 2795 , LL 162b1 . ? g p. medar ṅglan, SR 7826 (perh. n s.). Occas. treated as neut. in cheville. meadhair, f. (g s. meadh-ra, -rach), IGT Dec. § 161. meadhar o, m., § 17 , g s. medhair, ex. 722 (same word?). In early Mod.Ir. often meidhir.

(a) speech, discourse, talk, conversation, occas. used in pl. meadhair .i. caint no urlabhra, O'Cl. ni m.¤ mall immasech, SR 2899. cen medra mael without pointlessness of speech (i.e. without wasting words), 2975 . Marcil, mín a m.¤ , Gorm. Nov. 27. lúad cech medra burden of all discourse, Met. Dinds. ii 82. am mait[h]-si . . . occ [ḟ]uacra medair in challenging colloquies, ZCP xiii 268.8 . nech . . . imbera ficeall medar frit who will keep up the contest of wits, ib. 22 . ní mó is medair fire fuigli ┐ formolta . . . na filed neither are the saws and panegyrics of poets a discourse of truth, MR 190.4 . do chualaigh E. meadhair chosnamha aga chathaibh heard his troops expressing eager- ness for the fray, ML 78.8 . do ionnsaighedar . . . a cheile . . . le medrachaib misgne, 128.13 . Freq. in chevilles: m.¤ fír, SR 5949. m.¤ n-úag, 5445 . m.¤ adbuil, LL 36a43 . m.¤ n-inmain, 36b6 . dian medair (medar, meadhar v.l.) `a vehement saying', Fél. Prol. 219. Transf. of animals: fommchain coí menn medair mass the clear-voiced cuckoo sings to me—beautiful chant, Sg. 204 ( Thes. ii 290.9 ). re meidhir a chon, Oss. iv 12.24 .

(b) social merriment, conviviality, mirth, enjoyment: inmhain medhair a mac ríogh, O'Gr. Cat. 474.17. cian ó do bí meadar mas | oc ōl meda, Ériu viii 157.10 . beith gan medhair 'na righe (curse on a king), BNnÉ 262.27 . buí Eamhain lán do mhuirn is do mheadhair, Content. xxviii 49. bec cech glór is cech gredhan | acht medhair mor na Muman, ZCP viii 561.26 (leg. medhar). ac fledhól . . . ac muirn ┐ ac medhair, Comp. Con C. 83.22 ( Med. & Mod.Ir. Ser. iii ). mairg dogeibh an nglóir-si, gerr mhaires a meadhair, ZCP ii 584.3 . ro maoladh mórán dá medhair their spirits were greatly damped, FM v 1524.22 . do mheadhair na beatha so, TSh. 2034. a daíne da ndáilter rath | ris nach bec mét a medradh `that deem the measure of its fruition all-sufficing', O'Gr. Cat. 357.26 (Gofraidh Finn) = meadhrach, IGT Dec. ex. 2030. mo mhéidhir a's mo shólás, Oss. iv 168.11 . (as attrib.) ann bhúr gcathair mheidhir, 170. 18 . ba thu a meidhir their delight, E. O'Rahilly xxii 191 (1911). meadhair na hEorpa (of a person), Hard. i 6.4 .

Compds. ¤cuairt a circuit of visiting (hospitality): tug . . . meadharchuairt Leithe Cuinn, Keat. iii 2626. (fig.) mea- dharch. mheasgáin mhearbhaill, TSh. 5948. ¤mesce the hilarious stage of intoxication: ni do denam uilc. . . . acht ar medarmesci, LL 268b5 = MU 42.21 .

With adj.: ¤caín, in expression mesc m. ` gloriously drunk ': gorbo mesc medarchaín é, TBC 3026. Acall. 5507. corbat mesca medarchaíni, CRR 13. ZCP xi 61.14 . MR 28.15 . Marco P. § 79. Leb. Gab. i 206.9 (medarcaoin). ¤ciallmar exhilarated: mesc medarch. do lind, LL 167a24 .