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Cite this: eDIL s.v. dingbáil or


Forms: dingbál, dingbāla, dingbála, dingbala, dingbhail, digbhail

vn. of do-ingaib. Orig. dingbál, ā, f. IGT Decl. § 148 , Verbs § 68 .

I Act of taking away, removing: dingbail cach cro otrais removal of every wounded person entitled to nursing, Ériu xii 8 § 6 (see note p. 57). as-boinn a dingbail `demands that he be removed', 16 § 18 . athgabail huither do dingbail iar ndifoilgid, Laws i 226.z . im dingbail mic baitsige, 184.16 .

Warding off, repelling, keeping aloof , with obj. gen.: im dingbail tascuir lir, Laws i 122.15 (with gl.: .i. . . . are in puirt nā thora tascur don lir, p. 128). im d.¤ aurcuilte a reir lega keeping away (from a sick man) things forbidden by the physician, ib. l. 18 . im d.¤ mic di mir keeping a child away from a madwoman, l. 21 . re catha im d.¤ cīsa dia tuaith, v 300.24 . siche raet docuiredar hi tracht maru . . . dlegar . . . a d.¤ din purt, i 128.22 . im d.¤ faithe, i 124.1 (with gl.: im d.¤ na n-indili as an faithce, 132.13 ). co n-athchur ┐ innurba ┐ dingbail, ZCP xiv 378 § 41 ( Laws ii 300 ). dingbail for curu bél ` evading ', Laws iii 390.16 .

In gener. of keeping off (an enemy, attack, calamity, etc.): is d.¤ truim don slog averting trouble from the host, TBC-I¹ 1490 . raptar biattaig fir hErend uile d'Fhirdiad ar dingbhail Conculaind dib, TBC-LL¹ 3646 . co tardad fortacht dóib im d.¤ díb na gressi rolad forro, RC viii 50.14 . ic d.¤ mebla dím-sa, LL 223b45 ( TTr. 486 ). cuich . . . bad ferr letsu do d.¤ dit?, Cog. 172.18 . ríg mar D. do d.¤ to resist a king like D., MR 202.19 . tar do d.¤ dochraite dinn, SG 320.33 . With ellipse of gen.: ni furail linn . . . do dingmhail d'fhianaibh Eirenn to ward off (attacks) from the Fianna, CF 325 .

Used of an enemy, passes into sense of holding one's own against, and hence by degrees to that of being a match for, an equal to: dáig na tic de laég a chomáisi do d.¤ he is not able to withstand a calf of his own age, TBC-LL¹ 6161 . ní rabi 'sin domun . . . óenfher da tísad d.¤ Achil, LL 244a28 ( TTr. 2038 ). a dingbail i comland chruaid | ni raibe i mBanba bratruaid there was not his match, YBL 318a26 . roboi d.¤ deigfhir indum in la sin I was a match for a brave man, Acall. 4780 . is iad so mogha (= modha) Fergusa . . . .i. diongbail shecht céd cathmhiledh a gcró catha ann, Ériu viii 136.16 . Note further: ni maith na airm-se . . . ni thic mo diṅgbail-se di shodain they are not capable of holding out against me, i.e. they are not equal to my requirements, TBC-LL¹ 1094 . nit maithe na carpait-so . . . ni thaet mo diṅgbail-se dib-so, 1123 (= ni fuil mo diongmhala-so diob-so, St.). So in gen.: ba hé fer a dingbāla leu `they deemed him (Ferbaeth) a man fit to repel him (Cúchulaind)', TBC-I¹ 1534 . fer do dingbala su, LL 238a42 ( TTr. 1285 ).

II Hence g s. dingbála comes to be used adjectivally in sense a match for, equivalent to, worthy of , at first following subst. and with obj. gen., later also as pred. and with prep. DO.

(a) ara carpait a diṅgbala ina fiadnaisi a charioteer worthy of him, TBC-I¹ 2572 . dí nóe sess-churach cutrumme dingbála tri ndrong ndechenbair fit for (i.e. able to hold) three parties of ten, BDD § 87 . cid . . . nobeth ri hErinn cin mnai a dingbala aci, TE § 2 Eg. ben dingbala ríg, IT i 74 . loimm dingmala ríg, BColm. 60.21 . fer dingmála gach duine, Hy Fiach. 250 . acht co rabat glinni mo dingbala riu provided I have securities worthy of me, MU 4.28 . robui ingen cruthach a dingmala aigi, RC x 187 . rothecht commaim a dhingbala, Fl. Earls 192.18 .

(b) With prep. DO: issí in glan genmnaid dingbála do ríg, LU 3908 . ni fer dingbala dhó misi I am not a man fitted to encounter him, TBC-LL¹ 3883 St. conar persu dingbala don epscopoti hé a person fit for the bishopric, RC ii 392 . ropad sciath dingbāla dó a shield worthy of him, LL 146b6 = PRIA xix 540 .

(c) Hence as pure adj. used as pred. with prep. DO (rarely gen.) worthy of, meet for, due to, becoming to: dingbala gl. dignus, Ir. Gl. 668 . gl. idoneus, Corm. Y 754 . teghlach fial . . . as lān-dingbāla Conchobuir, ZCP v 502 . ca fiss dóib-si . . . in barbardacht fil inna churp nach fil trumma as dingbála di inna churp there may not be a heaviness corresponding to it in his body, Mer. Uil. 63 . is d.¤ dóib dochar `torment is their rightful due', SG 63.17 . atlochur-sa do Dia . . . do beith d.¤ do gabáil mo flaithesa that thou mayest be fitted to assume, 394.34 . Folld. by dochum: nirbha dingbhala dochum airdrigh Eirenn ben arna hindarba trina mígním féin, Ériu iii 152 § 5 . nír d.¤ sinn dochum a chaithme we were not worthy to eat of it, SG 43.39 . isi bud dingmala docum a cruthaigteora fein do geinemain (of Virgin Mary), 3 B 22, 70a5 . Folld. by LA, with ellipse of DO: naptar dingmala leo in sheoit fouarotar they did not deem worthy (of them) the treasures, Anecd. ii 56 . do ba dhingbhála leis bheith ag foghlaim he did not think it beneath him to be learning, SG 16.15 .

In impers. construction, is d.¤ (do . . .) it is worthy (of), right (for), incumbent (on): co na gabat a chomorbus-som indus as dingbala doib, PH 4247 . as dingmala do deghmnai . . . a snim do tabairt fris, CCath. 4057 . as fír nach diongmála do dhuine . . . codladh . . . i lleabaidh Maodhóg no one is worthy to sleep, BNnÉ 276 . ós é lyaigh minister na naturae is d.¤ dō toil na naturae do leanmuin, O'Gr. Cat. 235.33 . Absol. it is fitting, meet: narbo d.¤ a chor fo thalmain a haithle in gnīma dorigne, PH 664 (?). is d.¤ dogabmait-ne ar césad, 2887 . cech aen dogéna bréc, conid d.¤ bás d'fhagbail dó, 2736 .

(d) Hence absol. as attrib. suitable , worthy, fitting, in later lang. used to denote excellence in gen.: a caeim-celi gráduch dinguhala, TE § 20 Eg. is m'[fh]er d.¤ frim lá, TFerbe 482 . da puitric dec lais cona mbiad d.¤ leo with their proper complement of victuals, Metr. Dinds. iii 532.18(notes). síl . . . na ndeigfer ndingmala roc[h]insett o Aeneas, CCath. 6042 . di tuait diles d.¤ De, BB 240b5 . roinn díles diongmála, BNnÉ 258.12 . dober-sa comharthaidhe maithe diongmála dhuit, Ériu v 166.35 . So in Bible, Matthew xix 21 (= τέλειος), Acts x 24 , xviii 26 (adv. comp. = ἀκριβέστερον), Romans iv 16 . As adv.: leiseóchar co dingbala na dighbāla adequately , Fianaig. 72.17 . an tan ghlacthar co diongmhála í (of a sacrament), Ó Héodhusa 206.15 .

(e) Later used also as subst. with gen. (poss.) and followed by de + subst. of definition to denote that which is worthy of, fitting for, an equivalent , a use arising out of (a) by inversion: fuair a dhiongmhala do dheghthuarasdal o'n mbainrioghain a remuneration worthy of him (= fuair deghth. a dhingbhála), AFM v 1814.10 . ní bhaoí aon triocha chéd . . . na baói a dhiongmhála do thighearna isan Tadhcc sin that would not have had a fitting lord in T., vi 2308.12 . Cf. Stowe variant of TBC-LL¹ 1123 quoted above under I.

III As gramm. term privative case: dingbhail, BB 328a21 , Lec. 323a22 = digbhail, Auraic. 1525 (reading of H 4.22 ). If reading of BB be right, word is prob. a particular application of (I) = taking away, removing .

IV In mod. lang. occas. worth, excellence, merit , a sense prob. due to corresponding use of dingbála, see II (d) above: gurab o Dhia thig . . . uile naomhthacht ┐ uile dhiongmhail oibre, Luc. Fid. 227 . creud da ttig brigh ┐ diongmhail do bheith san obair daonna, 226 .

mebal, mebul

Cite this: eDIL s.v. mebal, mebul or


Forms: mebul, meabhal, meabhla, Mebul, meblæ

n ā, f., O.Ir. n s. mebul (Glosses; but mebuil, Ml. 138c8 ). meabhal (meabhail incorrect), g s. meabhla, IGT Dec. § 37. In late Mid. and Mod.Ir. also o, m.

(a) a cause of shame, a disgrace: dinim .i. mebal nó aisc, O'Mulc. 335. meabhal .i. nár, O'Cl. In Glosses used as pred. with cop. in expressions: is m.¤ dom it is a cause of shame to me ; is m.¤ limm I am ashamed . arnap mebul domsa mo irbāg (gl. ne . . . erubescamus), Wb. 16d11 . 24a30 . is mebol damsa . . . mani fuil imorbága I am put to sshame unless there is a contest, LU 1472 ( MU 48.23 ). is mebul duit . . . laigi fri bangrád, SCC 30. is mebul dom imrādud a mét élas uaimm shame to my thoughts how they stray from me! Ériu iii 14.2 . ní mebul do Ultaib uli a thabairt dó to award it to him (i.e. Cú Ch.) would be no slur on all the (other) Ulstermen, FB 14. nach mebhal doibh féin an cuairt?, Cog. 98.35 . ní mebul lemm precept soscéli ( = non erubesco evangelium), Wb. 1b10 , cf. 29d18 , 30a6 . is mebul leu in tan nad rucat they are ashamed when . . ., Ml. 87c3 . ba mebul lē dul issi torruch, IT i 139.29 . ba mmebul lee buith donaib ócaib cen biad she was ashamed that the youths were left without food, LL 249b6 ( TBFr., Med. and Mod.Ir. Ser. v 136 ), cf. ZCP iv 37.18 . beith a mbochta ní mebol poverty is no disgrace, ACL iii 321 § 6. Col ┐ Mebul ┐ Eraise, TBC-I¹ 1766 (allegor. npr. f.). ní dénat acht mebáil indiu they are acquitting themselves shamefully (of discomfited warriors), LU 1513 = MU 52.8 . cen ruci cen mebail, FA 35. cách a ndénaidh frisin ingin do mhebail (mebhul .i. olc) all the wrong you do the maiden, ZCP v 524.20 . comét mo lāma . . . nar chlechtat . . . atchuingid fo mebail lest they be accustomed to seek what is shameful, ZCP vi 259 § 8. ní hosnad iar mbebail . . . is ósnad iar mbúaid (i.e. after discomfiture), FB 89. g s. caint meblæ , O'Mulc. 203. rūn meblai, ACL iii 306 § 9. mod mebla , LL 144a26 .

(b) transf. in concrete sense pudenda: mebul [meabhul, mebal MSS.] .i. ball bannda na mna . . . do dechsain a mebla .i. a náire, O'Dav. 1264 = a mebuil, 1225 .

(c) deceit, guile, treachery (common later meaning): brecc nó m.¤ , O'Mulc. 789. meabhal .i. feall, O'Cl. brég (.i. cealg nó mebhul), ZCP v 524.29 . Brēg ┐ Meng ┐ Meabal, Corm. Y 723. doronsat Saxain mebuil for Bretnu, LU 234 , cf. Todd Nenn. 102.2 . feall ┐ meabal . . . do dénum air, Fianaig. 70.5 . meabal ar Sil M. la Murchertach treachery (was practised) on, RC xviii 15.26 (Tig.). Dondchadh . . . do marbadh la hA. . . . a mebuil treacherously , xvii 337.6 , cf. AFM i 484.15 ( = dolose, CS 152.18 ). a mac do marbadh la Hua C. tre meabul, RC xviii 192.36 . ro ferad faeilti gan meing gan mebail re C., Acall. 6902. lucht fingaile ┐ mebla , RC xxviii 318 § 30. crech meabla `a treacherous foray', AU ii 114.4 . aisling meabhuil an illusive vision, O'Rah. vi 1 (1911). chum meabhla do dhénamh air a sheirbhíseachaibh `to deal subtilly with', Psalms cv 25. The follg. exx. may represent (a): m.¤ fo t[h]uinn [sic leg. ?] fosluide, cid fīada fuilt ḟindbuidi ( = `beauty is only skin-deep'), ZCP vi 267 § 3. tuilledh ele as dliccedh duibh, | mart, muc is molt gan meabail `without deceit', BNnÉ 269.16 (but cf. do gadadh úam mart meabhla, IGT Dec. ex. 963 ).


Cite this: eDIL s.v. toirrche or


n [, f.] (torrach) pregnancy, fertility: torrchi mogad mod mebla | ┐ dibad tigerna, LL 144a26 .


Cite this: eDIL s.v. tuisel or
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n o, m. vn. of do-fuisli. IGT Decl. § 11 (54.8) .


(a) fall, stumble: cor thuit sa tuind d'ardtuiseal (sic leg. for dartuiseal ?), BB 61a21 . an tí bhíos ag rioth tré dhriseógaibh, is gnáth ... tuiseal dá leagadh, TSh. 10464 . Fig. gach naomh dar naomhadh ar nimh | dom shaoradh ar taom dtuisil `from false step,' Dán Dé xxv 73 . nach biadh an mac tuisil sin ameasg a chloinne dísle féin illegitimate child, Irish Rosary xvi 425.4 ( A IV 1, 97.4 ). ? fāilte fri tusel tacrai (tús, v.l.), RC xlv 38 § 7. In phrases meaning knocks down: Connla ... ro ghonasdar Fiacha ... tuisel tuc Connla Cnuic Dhen | ar Fiacha, SG 119.12 . ro bhuaileastar Fiachaidh Muilleathon ... gur bheanasdair tuisel dó, Acall. (Leabh. ó Laimhsgr.) i 93.21 .

(b) accident, misfortune: gabais B. ... | sóerbúaid cen nach tuissel, Fél. July 8 . ar n-élódh d'éis gach thuisil | dúinn ód dreich mar núaluisin, IGT Decl. ex. 371 . ro thaispeanastar a treas gan tuiseal, MR 274.14 . Of deterioration of ale: dia tecma tuisil fair, Laws v 166.2 .i. indliged for in linn, sceith no seirbe, 8 Comm. (cf. tuisill .i. aindligheadh, O'Cl.). tuisell .i. sceitche, O'Curry 837 ( H 3.18, 382a ). Of peoples, princes, etc.: tarraidh tuisil Tír Lúigheach, Miscell. Celt. Soc. 340.1 . gan tuissiul dia treib thaibsein(i)g, BB 29a11 = tusled, LL 7b2 . ni biad t.¤ for a flaithemnas their reign will be undisturbed, Leb. Cert. 272.19 . ? treachery, guile: C. ... do marbad ... ar ndenam tuisil ┐ mebla do-som ar Donnchad, Ann. Conn. 1304.5 = ALC i 530.17 . Domnall ... do marbad a t.¤ re lucht tige h. Neill, Ann. Conn. 1306.7 = in iomraithne, AFM iii 482.14 .

II Gramm. case (calque on Lat. casus, Phil. Soc. Trans. lxiv (1965/66) 162 ): ara forcmatis in t.¤ ... inna brethre hua mbiat, Sg. 149a5 . accomol ind óintuisil i persanaib écsamlib, 208a10 . re cach thuisiul, 210a8 . ata cétnidi in chamthuisil oblique cases, 197a2 . cosmaili tuisil sui fri tuisliu egotu , 200a13 . delba tuisel `forms of cases,' 204b4 . absolutum verbum nad adilgnigedar ho thuislib, PCr. 59a2 . is reim gach tuissel on ainmnid sis, Auraic. 4862.