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nammá

Cite this: eDIL s.v. nammá or dil.ie/32963

Forms: nama

adv. (a petrified phrase = neg. + má compar. of mór, már, lit. `not more') only, merely ; in later lang. superseded by amáin. Gl. solum, Ml. 106b7 , cf. 109c3 .

Used to limit an immediately preceding word or phrase: a mbecc sin nammá dogníu di maith that little good I do, Wb. 24a12 . fo dí namma , gl. semel et bis, 24b22 . aithirgi ho briathraib nammá cen gním, Ml. 23a11 . dund oín-aicniud .i. dun deacht no dun doinacht namma (either) of the Godhead or the manhood alone, 17b23 . mad i ndib ṅ-uarib deac nammá in twelve hours only, Thes. ii 10.4 ( BCr. 3c ). conanacar-su na huli do shaebad, ní coemnacair imorro mesi namá me only thou canst not (deceive), PH 1754. robo doig leis curba duine namá that he was merely man, 4784 . as for nim namma fogabar a llóg side, RC xlvi 237.26 . Freq. after words like acht, cenmothá, etc., except . . . only: acht comparit neutair nammá , gl. non invenitur nisi neutri generis, Sg. 41a8 . tancatar Ulaid uli . . . acht dias namma , SCC 3. focheird a adbena uile riam acht a liathroit nammá , TBC-LL¹ 1019 = amhain, St. ni haithne damsa a leitheíd sin do duine . . . acht madh Findtan namá, BCC 254.5 . toímlid torthi Parduis uile cenmotha oenchrand namá, LB 110a58 ( MacCarthy 48.27 ). cenmothat na domnaige namá except Sundays, PH 4977. ni comul fri nech ingi fria rig namma , IT i 142.10 . With imp.: déca namma in bá teclaim . . . just see whether, LU 5258 = nama, TBC-I¹ 782. ercid inti nama, PH 6347. acht n.¤ (introducing a concessive clause) provided only (that): gl. tantum (ut), Ml. 32d20 . asbert Ú. . . . nod-lemad a mbrethugud acht co ndaimtis nammá fora breith provided they submitted to his judgement, FB 76. Except that . . ., only (limiting a foregoing statement): conrotacht a tech . . . fó chosmailius na Cráebrúadi . . . acht nammá ro derscaigestar a tech so, FB 1. manid caindleóracht in tige as áil duit do chosnam, acht namá bid mó bas loscud don tig oldás bas suillse don tegluch only (in that case) the house is more likely to catch fire than its inmates to get light, 92 . cid hé mo dán dano . . . Acht namá ni hé mo dan even if that were my office . . . but it is not my office, 92 - 3 . coro ṡollsigset in catraig na dluma derga . . . acht ni loisctís nech nama without, however, burning any one, LB 152b41 .

ní ed n.¤ not only that, folld. by an additional statement: ni edh namma . . . nach maigin, etc., Hib. Min. 2.58 . srian muinci dergóir . . . ┐ nocon ed nammá, turid airgit and not that alone (but) a pillar of silver, IT i 217.18 ( LU 3650 ).

ní n.¤ . . . acht not only . . . but: ni namá atberim-si erom fén acht atberim ar dáig na foirni noíme I speak not for myself alone but on behalf of the holy company, PH 1503. indail mo chossa! ┐ ní namá acht foilc cid etir mo chend, 5257 ; cf. 3672 .