súail(l)

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Forms: súail

adj i small, trifling, insignificant : ni suail .i. nir' bo bec hé ifus iar ceneol nó hi fiss, ACC 117 . súail gl. séim, Goid. 161 § 25 . súaill .i. beag. ní suaill .i. ní beag, O'Cl.

I As adj.

(a) Predicatively: ní súail in tairm, Metr. Dinds. iii 348.19 . is svail a tharbai do neoch ergi a atharda little does it profit a man to leave his patrimony, Three Hom. 94.9 . nír shúail ní ris bud shamalta leiss, TBC-LL¹ 5025 . ní ba suaill inní fris `not trifling did that seem to him', CCath. 663 . is suaill in t-olcc do-rígnis, PH 6473 . nocha nfuil ceol . . . | nár shuaill fogar . . . | acht a canadh C., SG 109.10 . súaill inní as buide le bocht the poor man is thankful for little, ZCP vii 268 § 6 . a Athsa toir | ac nar suaill m'ághsa where I fought strenuously, Irish Texts ii 10 § 2 . suaill id ghuinse . . . | a fuilse id dheoidh go ndortaid it will not suffice, Aithd. D. 92.3 . ba suaill um fhochraibh th'aighneas `poor would be your arguments compared to mine', Content. xxii 24 . do chíos-sa ní ba suail síth `thy tribute was powerful for peace', Dán Dé xxvi 24 . suaill gach duine go D. no one is of account compared with D., Caithr. Thoirdh. 44.3 .

(b) In chevilles: ni suail, SR 1465 . nir suaill sin, BCC 390.4 . nī sūaill in sein, ZCP viii 113.z . ní suaill, Laws iv 42.5 Comm .

(c) In phrases. (is) s.¤ nach almost, nearly : is súail naptar decra daill `they were wonders for a blind man almost to see', Metr. Dinds. iii 372.95 . robo súail nárbo secc-marb, 400.22 . suail nach farroeblaṅgatar in bruiden `they almost leaped the mansion', CRR 15 (20.y) . is suail nach fatha conais dait a romét ros molais, TBC-LL¹ 3344 . as suaill narbo nar leis a nderna do dánacht gloir, CCath. 5018 . súail nach táinic mo tiuglecht, RC xxiii 410 § 20 . is [s]uaill nar fhāg síad a n-anmain d'ecla in mara, KMMisc. 319.6 . buaidhreadh . . . | ón suaill nach snámhaid snáithe m'anma neóill which almost causes me to swoon away, Hackett xii 32 . Note also: ba sūaill tra co rroibdithe in curach cona lucht, Corm. Y 1059 ( Anecd. iv 92 ) = ba suaill tra nach báite in curach, Corm. 37.1 . is s.¤ hardly, scarcely : as suaill ma ro bhaoí do chlandaibh na gC. . . . a comhmór do écht ar a inmhe féin, AFM v 1700.6 . as suaill má ro faccbadh leó baile gan brisedh, 1744.23 . ba suaill má ro hairigheadh iad, vi 2084.5 .

(d) Attributively (rare): téit ma sech in saegul suail, LL 306b27 . nā sir (sic leg.) fis do tsāegail shūaill, ZCP vii 301 § 1 . ní gníomh suaill, AFM ii 674.8 .

(e) Adv.: ni suail rosainig not feebly did he protect her, Arch. Hib. ii 70 § 9 .

II As subst. [n.]: is suail romfera `it is little that suffices me', Wb. 24b15 . ar ní hinfhíadnaisi acht fri cach súaill cannot give valid evidence except in trifling matters, Críth G. 35 . ōn laithiu romc[h]uitc[h]estuir | sūaill a n-aiscidh rohsīress I made few requests in vain (?), ZCP vii 305.30 . With follg. DE: suaill bec don arbur, Laws iv 52.21 Comm . suaill dib `but few of them', 164.x Comm . is suail dia n-echuibh nach faghuibh bas gach bliadain, Marco P. 175 . Of time: ba suail do Níall . . . | co toracht creitem dil Dé `it was a short space from N.', Metr. Dinds. ii 38.43 . ri suail `for a short while', Auraic. 1604 = ní súail, 5366 . ? gidh suail ó ané gus aniogh, Dán Dé xxv 5 . In phr. acht s.¤ almost, nearly : luid dar formna lái acht suáil, LL 109b19 ( RC xiv 414 § 26 ). co romarb í acht suaill, Thr. Ir. Gl. xliii 17 . Cf. go ro scaichsett a laochradh acht súaill biucc, Leb. Gab.(i) 144.26 . ? bronntach suaill na suadh do mealladh `who beguiled the needs of learned sages', Ó Bruad. i 142.15 .