poind, (poinn)

Cite this: eDIL s.v. poind, (poinn) or dil.ie/34438

Forms: puinn, poing

n f. (< Lat. pondus, Risk 595 ), mod. puinn.

Lit. ` a point ', hence (a) a point (of advantage, importance, interest), something important: ardfíugra ┐ foiscthe . . . iat- sum uli, is hí a hoenur in phóind ┐ in fhírinde (i.e. the substance, reality, of the Mass as opposed to Jewish sacrifices), LB 257a66 .

Hence profit, avail (freq. in neg. sent.): ni bid . . . poind don teiched sin such flight was of no avail, LB 156b34 . cathaigset . . . ┐ ni boi poind doib ann, PH 7223 . ica fhiafraigid de cidh poind boi dhó dia loingius what he had gained by his voyage, Lism.L. 3720 . Cf. BNnÉ 64.8 . d'fhaicsin a mbláith—beag an phoinn! Measgra D. 61.18 (Gilla Brighde Mac Con- midhe, 13th cent.). créd do poinn? what avails it? Ir. Texts ii p. 13.5 . beag do phoinn, Dán Dé xxv 40 .

(b) folld. by part. gen. or DE, a particle, small amount, mini- mum , nearly always in neg. sent. or after prep. cen: puinn éisg ni gabhthar ar eass hardly any fish is caught, Ériu v 142.20 . cen phóind tarba dō ann without any gain to himself from it, LB 145b58 . cor soidhsettar na heachraidh isin mhuir . . . gan poinn dia ttarba ga n-erradhaibh without their owners getting any profit of them, BNnÉ 325 § 43 . fonn . . . gin puinn toirthe without any fruits, Marco P. 11 . síth do denam etarra . . . gan poind do mhilliudh 'sa tír, AU iii 552.27 . Absol. adubairt . . . nach raibe poind air that there was nothing wrong with him, Acall. 7934 (`that he felt no whit ashamed', O'Grady). Hence used after ní as an adv. (cf. Fr. ne . . . point): cóig glanchroinn ris nach gráin poing `'neath which I need not fear much', Dán Dé xxv 59 . ni teit gaoth puint (nó pint) tar gach madhg no wind crosses the seas, ZCP v 487.2 (B. na f.). ar stát don nuadh ní bhuaidhfeadh pearsa poinn no one could surpass the pomp of the upstart, O'Bruad. ii 20 y . do thál air bhasdard nách feadair cé dīobh poīnn ē Celtica iv 107 § 1 .

Rarely positive, an amount : ith do phuinn gu hailghen `eat your portion cheerfully', Ériu v 134.73 (leg. phruinn = phroinn?). do chrú na gceap . . . d'fhéadadh poinn of the stock that had much power, O'Bruad. ii 202.8 . poinn `much, a great deal', P. O'C.