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1 assa geminating particle inserted between two compara-
tives to express continuous increase, Thurn. Gramm. § 377 :
nesso assanesso gl. ut ardeam `nearer and nearer', Wb. 12 b34a .
ferr asaferr gl. de die in diem, 15c5 . corrop mooassamoo ┐
5corrop ferrassaferr gl. magis ac magis, 23b1 . bit messa
assammessa gl. proficient in peius, 30c25 . dia ndénae-su
a n-uile-se, be ferr asa (isa v.l.) ferr `thou shalt be better and
better
', Ériu iii 108 § 55 . Later reduced to 'sa: neso 'sa neso tic-
dis don indsi, RC ix 474.6 . is lethan a īchtar ┐ is cōile sa cōile
10corice a ūachtar (of a cowl), Corm. Y 262 . mo 'sa mó risan
fhíor-faidh `ever growing towards', BNnÉ 228.2 . See 7 sa.

? 2 assa: n co cōic a. ¤ Elpiōn (arda, asa (.i. benna), aison, v.l.),
Ält. Ir. Dicht. i 41 § 28 .

1 assa(e) n io, m. IGT Decl. § 2 . As fem. dí assa, PH 1971 .
15 shoe, sandal, slipper: assa gl. soccus, Sg. 22b9 (see
Études Celt. xi 116 ). isin asa roboi fo cois deis, Aisl. MC 125.1 .
rolaad gille fomm assai `a gillie would take off my shoes',
69.30 . nutasigthe du gallasu gl. gallicas (= caligas) tuas,
Thes. i 497.18 . is e no ṅgébad a assa imme, LU 364 (ACC).
20 da assa co foraíb óir impu, 4513 . asso argait imm a cosa,
Anecd. i 61 § 90 . se dubassi dóib ar crand, BDD 112 ( LU
7586 ). dochūadar ar n-asa hi fūal, Corm. Y 596 ; ar n-asai,
Thr. Ir. Gl. 20.28 . assai immálli . . . etir a thraigthi ┐ talmain,
LL 231a44 ( TTr. 1039 ). ? ní té dogrés cen assu (assai, assa, aisi
25 v.ll.: maissi) `he must never go without sandals', Ériu iii 96 § 5 .
ros ben a assa ┐ a broga de dia chossaib, LB 236a49 . ro
tebrinn ola tria talmain . . . go ttainicc tara assa (brogaibh
v.l.), BNnÉ 17 § 33 . taraill a asa oc dul isinn tech in comla,
Ériu v 28.15 . i coirtgead da ban asu . . . da fer asa, Laws
30 iv 148.19 . direnar dagassaib, Críth Gabl. 232 . hais .i.
broga, amail adeir senchus hasaib haccrandaib .i. asa
degarimoind(?) ima cosaib, O'Dav. 1068 . cona assaib
slemna . . . ima bunnu, Aisl. MC 89.6 . calciatos sandalis
.i. o assaib, RC viii 369.4 . asa .i. bróga, O'Cl. asa fionn
35cáonna um gach coll mossy covering, IGT Decl. ex. 122 .
dlaí a. ¤ a wisp put in shoes for comfort: aitherach dlui n-assa,
Laws i 268.7 . Used in divination: ic tarchitul forsin dlái
. . . fil imm asso, LU 4460 . berid ind ingen dloí ind assa
colleic, 4465 . in fil in dloí isind assa? 4472 . For compd.
40 máelassa see 1 máel compds.
Cf. 2 as, assán.

2 assa(e) adj io, iā easy, light: is asse duib maid do denum, Wb.
4a4 . mad asse dom gl. uellim autem esse apud uos, 20a1 . ni
asse tacre . . . friss, 25b14 . ni asse nóib di suidib, 3d28 . connabí
45asse a aicsin leu, Ml. 116a1 . nách ase ditia do buith uandí
as dis. , Sg. 104b4 . con[n]ách assa[e] bóaire do cach áe,
Críth Gabl. 147 . inge .vii. n-uasalchuru nadat assai do
thaithbiuch, Ériu xvii 66 § 7 ( Laws iv 210.1 ). ni hassa
bith fria, LL 12434 . ro gabh an ní nad asa, FM i 336.3 .
50 nocho n-asa a n-áirim gním Laigen, SG 375.37 . dia m-bad
assa do etir if it was at all possible for him(?), Alex. 809 . In
cheville: cúairt n-assa, Met. Dinds. iii 290.63 .
Compar. as asu, Sg. 187a3 . ? assu éc ernbáis, BDD² 718 .
is assu ém damsa . . . oldás daitsiu, LU 4790 (TBC). is asso
55in tsīrgorta / oldās in sīrloscadh more bearable, ZCP vii 311 §
20 . Note also: astul .i. slisen nō gāe libuir nō assude a dul,
Corm. Y 19 = assaite a dul, O'Mulc. 96 . Cf. 1 usa. With
neg. it is difficult (on idiom see St. fr. Táin Gloss.): ní assu
du chách imram isindroféith, Ml. 126a7 . ar ní assu nach ai
60araili dib one is just as difficult as the other, LU 2080 ( FA 15 ).
ni asu araile, Laws iv 184.11 `it is one of the most difficult',
Plummer MS notes. in t-oenchrand ni h-assu a chlód which
it is not possible to fell
(?), TBC 2349 . ní hassu dún . . . a
idnaide, LU 5666 (TBC). In phrase is a. ¤ la considers easy:
65 is asa lim fuaidridh do cur, IT iii 201.3 . With compar.: is
assu linn scarad friar corp, Wb. 15c22 . ba assu limm oldaas
for n-imdibe-si, 20b9 . iss asu chách lind `the easiest thing in
the world
', Aisl. MC 103.18 . ce de bid assu latsu? TBC² 1221
(`which of the two would you deem the lighter?' St. fr. Táin
70Gloss.). Note also: co mbad esaiti leo a fecht ┐ a slogad,
TBC 189 . With superl.: cia tír ass asam lat do thabairt
dúinne, ZCP viii 318.34 .
As subst. in phr. iar n-assu after (the time when it was)
easy (feasible); too late: cobair iar n-asa (sic leg., edd.),
75 Mon. Tall. 164.22 (§ 90) . rabert giarb í in chobair iar n-assu
(iarnasa v.l.), TBC 3942 . bid aithrigi iar n-assu,
Ériu ii 138 § 134 . aithirge iar n-assu, LB 101 marg. inf. cia dorada
aitrige / is hí ind hí iar n-assa, TFrag. 110.10 . bés bidh edón
cidh áes Arda as nesa / mani pad ferr, a Dé, iar n-as[s]u / nī
80bud messu, Arch. iii 297 § 57 . But perh. difft. word.
As n.pr. Assa a ainmsi . . . ar ba hurussa a haltram, LL
12425 . Assa a hainm gó sin anald, ar ba hailgen,
RC vi 174.20 .

assafiud: v a. ¤ gl. ex[s]ero, Sg. 221b4 . Cf. as-indiut.

85 ? assaid: ind 'na congaib ágmair a. ¤ , Met. Dinds. ii 50.19 . Perh.
for fassaid = fossaid, Gloss.