muirer

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Forms: mairer, mairir, muirear, moirear

n o, m., n s. mairer, LL 111a25 ( RC xiv 424.24 ). g s. mairir, LL 258b43 ( TFerbe 784 ). muirear moirear, IGT Dec. § 11.33 .

(a) a burden, charge, always of the care (of providing for) or maintenance of a number of individuals (family, household, company, troop, etc.), often with obj. gen. mét far ṅdolaid ┐ far murir dam, CRR 11. forra ro léc a m.¤ iar sin .i. a biadh ┐ a édach, H. 3.17 c. 331 ( O'Don. 431 ). ba leor do Chondach- taib beith fo ar m.¤ the men of Connacht would have enough to do maintaining us, Anecd. i 9.19 . ni ro gab acht oentech do denam imme . . . ┐ bith fo muiriur o ṡamain co belltaine to be maintained, ib. 13 . níor mhuirear leis sluagh na bhFiann (Finn) thought it no burden to maintain the host of the F., Oss. iv 126.11 . rí mór leis naċh muirear | cuireadh slógh `not loth to invite the hosts', PBocht 59 § 45. gur ghabh Mochuda cúram ┐ muirear na lobhar, ITS xvi 132.21 . do dhíbirt na bhfileadh . . . ara méid do mhuirear `because of their being so great a burden', Keat. iii 1222. In concrete sense of main- tenance given, tribute, etc.: fichi cornn, fichi claidheamh, | fichi mílchon, is muirear (of a tribute), BR 158.20 (`it is a good number', O'Don., perh. = b).

(b) hence a number of individuals forming collectively a charge to be maintained; a family, household, company, retinue . gan mac, gan m.¤ , BNnÉ 242.19 . mac Nesa miad mairir, TFerbe 784 . mairer na mban `the company of the women', Met. Dinds. iii 134.21 (= bantrocht, ib. lines 1 , 24 ). Mag nA., co muriur mag a populous plain, 330.1 . robdur imda a sluaigh. . . . robdur mora a muirir, Ériu vii 242.16 . do bhí Cormac ar na ríoghaibh . . . do ba mhó muirear ┐ muinntear `who kept the largest number of attendants and followers', Keat. ii 4740. brugh na muirear [murar MSS.], Hackett xxxix 226. Mac Suibni . . . bud maith tech n-aighedh ┐ bud mór muirer `who kept a good guest-house and a large retinue', AU iii 554.19 = ba mó m.¤ ┐ merghasradh, FM v 1372.25 . fer muirer móir, AU iii 566.23 . ar mhéid a mhuirir ┐ a mhuinntire (of Saladin), TSh. 2816.

(c) rarely in physical sense, a burden, load: mar thug leis muirear cuingreach don úir, TSh. 444 (= onus duorum bur- donum de terra, 2 Kings v 17 ). do mhéid an mhuirir do bhí san bpeacadh dorinne Éabha, táinig a cromadh síos E. was bowed down by the weight of the sin she had committed, TSh. 2978 ; cf. 228 .

Compds. in late poetic style in sense (c): manaois mhór . . . mhuiriorthrom heavy to bear, Todd Lect. iv 78.17 . a ḟinne- bhean . . . na muirearfholt of heavy locks, Keat. Poems 973.