bill, bell, ? bille

Cite this: eDIL s.v. bill, bell, ? bille or dil.ie/5894
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n (? Cf. Welsh bele, ZCP li, 35 ) see Thurn., ZCP xv 360. Person of unsound mind; wretch; laughing-stock : bill .i. lobar, Corm. Y 185. ballān .i.bill-īan .i. lestar ḟir t[h]rūaig . . . Aliter bell-īan .i. bell mele, ut dicitur: `a nó beill dogní in fer sa' .i. a nó troich (tróch, MS.). Ballān didiu īan duine beill .i. duine t[h]rōigh, Corm. Y 167 (see 1 meile). bill .i. bec, amail atā ballān .i. bill-īan .i. īan bec: . . . cét mbó mbrethlaind . . . / nīrbtar bāi bille baille (quoted to illustrate bille .i. genaige or bill .i. bec), 179 . bille .i. bochd, mar tá, faighdheach, truagh, lobhar no beag . . . gonadh uadhsin adeirthear billían .i. soidheach beag, O'Cl. allus tiug ar toind cen tinne / a broinn beinde bille .i. genaige, Corm. Y 179. ni hattach ṁbille, Fél. Aug. 8 .i. ni hatach boicht no genaige no meta no faigdech no midlaigi, Fél.² cxxvi § 8.2 = .i. ni hatach boicht no mídlaig no genaige . . . da no bill .i. da no ngenaige no bille .i. truaig no lobair no mbille .i. onni is imbellis (isimbilicis, MS. leg. imbecillis) .i. enirt . . . dia tised in truagan truag / chucaib cona billian mbuan, cxiii § 3 = Thr. Ir. Gl. 133. 12 - 15 . So also O'Cl. s. bille . g s. beillicht .i. icht beille .i. gnīm tróige, O'Mulc. 176 . ní hicht mbille (melle, mille, v.ll.) `no paltry favour', Metr. Dinds. iii 54.3 . ? is bille robātor is da ēigsine ag cia a seisi (B. na f.), ACL iii 311.8 .