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2 drúth

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 2 drúth or dil.ie/18911

Forms: drúith, drúith

n o, m. Subst. use of 1 drúth. Later also drúith; in oblique cases somet. confused with druí.

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(a) professional jester or buffoon: d.¤, fidchellach, fuirseóir (in the household of Tara), Metr. Dinds. i 26.165 . rom altsa . . . eter erredaib ┐ ánrathaib, eter drúthaib ┐ drudib, LU 10281 , cf. ZCP iii 235 . do druith, do oblaire, Laws i 156.31 . .x. ndruith .x. ndeogbaire, TBC-I¹ 1372 . druith ┐ deogbairi . . . ic dáil dóib, Ériu iv 124.23 . na cornairi ┐ na druith, IT ii 180.2 . Find ua Baiscni, is dó ropad druth Lomna Midlag , Corm. Y 1018 . Darera .i. druith Meic Con, Lec. 361b50 . Húa M. . . . rigdruth Erenn, RC xxiv 50 § 7 . amal druth ic furséoracht (of David dancing before the Ark), SR 6684 . tri druíth remib co mindaib argdidib, TBFr. 38 . géim drúith `a jester's shout', RC xxiv 54 § 16 . The d.¤ somet. exercised the functions of a satirist: fáitte Medb na drúith ┐ na glámma ar cend Fhir Diad, TBC-LL¹ 3017 . a tri druid (drude, LU; leg. drúith?) dénma glám ngér, ZCP iii 262.30 . na secht ndruith dia rinnad ┐ dia ndressad, Lec. 34b40 . mac an drúith al-los ghlamh ngéar, 3 C 13, 923.18 . There was an inferior class of drúith who were vagrants , often spoken of with disapproval in relig. lit.: donaib druthaib = cléir aesa ceirdd = praecones, Trip.² 2382 ff . drúith ┐ gobaind ┐ cáinti (forbidden to travel on Sundays), Ériu ii 208 § 31 . na druithi ┐ na cainti ┐ na crosanaigh (among the damned), RC xxviii 318 § 30 ; ZCP viii 208.5 .

(b) In later lit. somet. poet, learned man (prob. through confusion with druí): Murchadh Hua C. primdruith ┐ primollom Condacht, RC xvii 406.29 (Tig.) = AFM 1067 (file, v.l., see note K). an dall Ua C. ríghdruth Ereann `royal poet', AFM 1166 . druth Aedha cecinit, 866 .

II In Laws imbecile, person not responsible for his actions: druith dochuinn dasachtaig (classed among `fuidhir' tenants), Laws iii 10.18 ; cf. Comm. 12.1 , where the d.¤ is said to be `co rath' (i.e. able to be of some use?), oppd. to: dochuinn .i. mir cen rath no mic beca. Distinguished from gaeth (a normal sane person) and fer lethcuind (a half-witted person), iii 156.18 f. fer turgaire druith is é asren a cinaid the man who incites an imbecile pays for his guilt, iii 156.4 . cor druith no mire (invalid contracts), i 52.1 . ni gabter athgabail druith na dasachtaidh, ii 44.27 . druth .i. oinmit . . . cen fiach fair ina chintaib, Corm. Y 472 . orba drúith the inheritance of an imbecile, Triads 205 . ní cria di ṡecht mbáethaib file la Féne .i. . . . di drúth, di dásachtach, Tec. Corm. § 19 . Equated with amatán fool , O'Dav. 518 . d.¤ .i. oinmhid, O'Cl. As ā, f. of a female imbecile: lanamnus genaige, Stud. in E. Ir. Law 16 .i. donither tre gean og mear no dasachtach fri druith no dasachtaid, Laws ii 356.28 Comm. = fri dru[i]th no dasachtaig, Stud. in E. Ir. Law 74 .

Hence Corm. Y 875 , druith gach mer, cf. Ériu ix 47.20 .

Compds.

(a) With adj. ¤bennach : m. Trichim Druthbennaig, ZCP viii 334.11 (for possible meaning of sobriquet cf. Corrcrechda .i. ainm do cnoc bis a n-étan na n-amatán . . . is é aithni in druith in corr-c. do beith ina étan, O'Dav. 518 ).

(b) With subst. ¤cathmíl: iar marbad a druithchathmil[ed] jester and soldier, Fianaig. 34.7 . Druthnia, n.pr. m., LL 190b43 ; Rawl. 155b52 , 157.48 (Druith-). ZCP viii 332.31 .

midlach

Cite this: eDIL s.v. midlach or dil.ie/32194

Forms: midlach, midlaige, midlaig, midlaech, midhlach, midlaig

n ā, f., and o, m. v s. midlach, FB 67 ( LU 8878 ). g s. midlaige; midlaig, LU 6157 = TBC-I¹ 1672. The form midlaech (due to association with láech) appears to be always treated as o, m. stem. The orig. sense may be one incapable of bearing arms, below the status of a warrior, perhaps a weak-witted person. In Laws iv 344.6 . the term midhlach is applied to a definite class of persons at the lower end of the social scale, placed after oínmit, and is defined: fer nara gaib sealb na horba na treba na trebthair do, 352.30 . Cf. also Ériu iv 124 § 1 : ni théiged rí cen rígain . . . ná midlach cen drúithsig. It seems sometimes to be equated with `2 drúth': Find . . . is dó ropad druth Lomna Midlag , Corm. Y 1018 (orc treith) = Lomna druth (.i. mídlach), Corm. p. 34. mol Midend midlaige, ZCP viii 308.1 , cf. Midend druth Eochath maic m.¤ , 307.32 . The general sense in lit. appears to be a coward, weakling: m.¤ .i. medón-lax .i. leth-lax, Corm. Y 946. nim m.¤-sa re teacht a comhruc, Aen. 2916. darat bruth ┐ bríg in cach midlaig díb, LL 243a18 ( TTr. 1956 ). ni gnim cubaid . . . serc do thabairt do midlaich (: imdaid), ZCP xiii 202.13 . nir bo thutim midlaige, LL 121b44 . ni hatach mbille .i. ni hatach bocht no midlaige, Thr. Ir. Gl. 133 ( Fél. July 3 ) = ni hatach boicht no mídlaig, Fél.² cxiii . ní ba haisdear midhlaighe, Duan. F. i 41.36 . Cf. mathmuine midlaige `soft-hearted coward', Metr. Dinds. iv 320.26 ( LL 181b57 ). midlaech cech díchoisc, Tec. Corm. § 15.35 . marb-sa gach midlaech 's gach mugh, ZCP vii 302.12 . coisc-siu gach midhlaech, gach mer, xii 390.30 . ní bás míodhlaoich a bhás, ML 142.17 . pl. scarais Murchad fri midlaig | mrogais trénu `M. parted from cowards', RC xxiv 54 § 14 (perhaps sing.). ro crithnaigit menmandæ muadhlaech ┐ midlac[h] ┐ daesccursloig, CCath. 3887. do marbad múadhlaech ┐ midhlaech, Fianaig. 90.14 . ar curaid . . . is mór do midlachaib a llóg, FB 56 (`great to timid folk is their value', Henderson ITS ii ; ? they are worth many cowards). de mnaíb . . . midlaigib ┐ meraigib ḟer ṅHerend, TBC-LL¹ 3826.

As adj. compar.: nir mesa ┐ nir midlachu meisnech . . . maicne D. more cowardly, MR 244.17 .