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láech

Cite this: eDIL s.v. láech or dil.ie/29307
Last Revised: 2019

Forms: laech-airlech, láechbrised, laochbhualadh, Laochlugh, láech-Níall, Láechrí

n o, m. (Lat. laicus, Pedersen Vgl. Gr. i 203 , but native word according to Watkins, Celtica vi 241 n.l . but see also Ériu xxx 75 ).

(a) layman , as oppd. to manach, occas. oppd. to clérech: laich ┐ laicesa ┐ aes tuaithe adragar fri flaith laymen and laywomen are ruled by their chief, SM Facs. 47a (`heroes and heroines', Laws iii 14.28 ). airchindech laich lay `erenagh', Laws v 118.4 . laich .i. grad flatha, Laws iii 16.1 Comm . luid dochum laich saidbir, LU 1210 . bendacht aine foruib uile laechaibh clerchib, BB 280a7 . i comthinoltaib l.¤ ┐ clerech, IT i 192.16 ( FA 31 ). laoch a laico .i. ōn tūata, Corm. Y 794 . laoch alaico .i. popularis , O'Mulc. 777. i corpaibh laech ┐ laiches ┐ aosa cravaid, Aisl. Tond. 102 § 3 . laech = laicus, Lat. Lives 105.12 . cid clērech glan gāeth / cid lāech cid fer grāid, KMMisc. 264.2 . teichidh d'feraib Teftha, laechaib, cleirchib, RC xviii 292.19 . biaid buaid cleireach ┐ laech uaid dot eis, Irish Texts iii 6.22 .

(b) warrior (eventually in this sense only): cāinlāech Luigdech, AID i 53 § 3 , Celtica xi 125 . Iæch cen locht, AID i 59 § 2 . olc damna laích, LU 4938 ( lōich, TBC-I¹ 453 ). cinnas laeich what kind of warrior, TBC-LL¹ 1813 . is bresta ┐ is mor in laech , YBL 137b23 . tricha set d'airig forgill ┐ cet laech lais, Laws v 46.24 . cet laech .i. fer ad cota buindi (leg. buidin) cet a cath, Laws v 48.7 Comm . ingen lāich as luchru a Laignib, Bruchst. i 18.35 at lāech, a Ḟlaind, 12.20 . laech caem cendlethan, TBC-LL¹ 5205. a láich láin, 3487 . dorinit . . . duma for na degdainib ┐ leca ar laechaib ┐ ferta ar na fenedaib ┐ cnuic ar na curadaib, Ériu viii 56.8 . roḟeit in l.¤ lamḟota, MacCarthy, 206 § 6 . laoich goirminnse finne Fáil, DDána 71.21 . ag leadradh laoch, TSh. 6670. With qual. gen. laich gaili, Sc.M² 6R . TTebe 3384 . Attrib. g s. lamthapad laeich, Grail 3735 .

(c) pagan (a calque on Lat. laicus 'pagan', Ériu xxx 78, 90 ): cetmunter no caillech aithirgi dogní gol for laiech no laithes, Ériu vii 170.7 . erglanad eclaise ó laechaib ┐ laiches[aib] ┐ coitreb caillech, O'Dav. § 542 . Compds. In meaning (b) only. Freq. as expletive and for metrical purposes. With vnn.: laech-airlech, MR 238.16 . láechbrised, Fianaig. 90.17 . laochbhualadh, Comp. CC 130.6 . Also with n. pr. in sense of heroic : Laochlugh, L. Cl. A. B. 97.100 . láech-Níall, Ériu iv 96 § 20. Cf. laechluirc, Anecd. ii 35 § 12. Láechrí see Corp. Gen. Lugaid láechcurach (: curad; láechMuman, v.l.), Three Historical Poems 134 q. 82b (v.l.).

With nouns: ¤aicme: in tres láech-aicmi hErend .i. in Gamanrad i hIrrus Domnand, ┐ cland Dedad hi Temair Lochra, ┐ clanna Rudraige i n-Emain Macha, IT ii2 215.23 . do chlú laochaicme Laighneach, DDána 117.24 . ¤aire : cethrar laech-airech, MR 242.12 . ¤arm: oro ghabh a laocharma, Hugh Roe² 240.27 . ¤bás: laochbhás mo Dhé, Aithd. D. 58.24 . ¤biad: in liach dia lessaighther in laec[h]biad, O'Mulc. 768 . deogh níadh maraen ┐ a laechbhiadh, BB 370a33 . ¤bidbu: in láechbidba, Sc.M² 24c . i lamaib a laechbidbad, MR 154.21 . ¤bile: ar laechbilib lebar-sciath, MR 230.25 . ¤bríg: laechbriga gl. lochbríga, IT i 214.26n . ¤briugu: laechbrugaid amra, IT, ii2 225.1 . ¤bruinne: i cridib curad ┐ i laechbrunnib láech , LL 238b49 ( TTr. 1634 ). ¤buille: laechbhuillibh, Acall. 4740 v.l. ¤chenn: ag faicsin na laochchenn arna leabarchuaillibh, Comp. CC 133.3 . tri láichcind, IT i 102.10 . ¤dair: laochdhairghe, Top. Poems² 882 v.l. ¤dorus: ra línait na láechdorais, LL 227b33 ( TTr. 742 ). brisit . . . laochdoirsi na Bruidne, RC xxi 324.15 . ¤ḟer: ós na laechferaib, ML 84.21 . ¤ḟess feast fit for a warrior : róthail (leg. rothomail) in chummatsin Conid and asbert Eochaid a meic is laechḟes insin. a quo Laechfes ┐ laechfessaich, Rawl. 126b42 -3. ¤ḟoirenn: ar laechḟoirnib Laigen, MR 124.4 . ¤imda: nir luíghis at' laechimdaid, MR 296.13 . ¤irgal: isin laechirghail sin, Stair Erc. 874 . ¤ládus: laochládus iomdha an chon chlamhualaigh `prowess', Ó Bruad. i 80 § 3 . ¤lainne: doficfa a laechluinde, RC xiv 404.20 . ¤lám: Lugh na láechlámha, Anecd. i 31 § 50 . día láochlaimh, Duan. F. ii 96 § 106 . ¤lann: for Muir Libis na laechland, LL 313 . ¤lár: for laeclar tige Temrach, BB 46b16 . laechlár int sídha, Acall. 395 . ¤léim: ic tabairt a laechleime, Acall. 2873 . ¤lenb: co rucadh co tempull na ndee an laechlenub, Stair Erc. 106. ¤lerg: ar an laochleirg, Caithr. CC 19.22 . ¤les: go crīch Laighen na laochles, ML² 849 . ¤lestar: lódmar isin lōechlestar, MacCongl. 35.26 . ¤lía: do saith le a laimh in láochlíag, Duan. F. ii 78 § 48 . ¤loinges: luadail na laechloingsi, Leb. Gab.(i) 80.22 . bás tóesech na loechlongse, LL 1987 . ¤lorg: in laechlorg imreamar iarnaidhi, Stair Erc. 1074 . ¤mac: laochmhac Airt / fraochshlat mur Earcoil ordhairc, L. Cl. A. B. 136.51 . ¤machaire: laechmachaire Laigen, Acall. 4109 , 5234 . laechMachaire Lí, 6045 . ¤mag: os lāechmaig Lí, ACL ii 48 § 15 . ¤marcach: i lLaignib na laechmarcach, ZCP viii 106.5 . ¤míl: saergheinealach . . . an laechmileadh, MR 98.2 . in dá laighin . . . isin laoch-mhílid, ML² 1687. mergeda for crandaib illamaib lóech-miled, PH 2628 . Licid láechmilidh, CCath. 2085 . ¤mír : teora laechmíreanna d'feoil, CCath. 5201 . ¤muinchenn: laechmuinchinn na fairge, SG 242.35 . ¤muinntir: ag gach . . . dar laochmhuinntir, DDána 384.21 . ¤múr: tar uilinn laochmhúir na hEmhna, Ériu viii 134.20 . ¤nós: mac Loegaire co laech-nos, BB 230b20 . ¤recht: mac Lugdech in laechrechta, MacCarthy 198 § 4. ¤smech (smeig): a leacan a laec-smeigead, MR 184.y . ¤thech: barracks : doratad . . . isin laechtech mór bói ar comair drechi in dúnaid, LL 253b46 . etir loech-thigib ┐ griananaib ┐ tigib talman, YBL 181b4 ( SG 255.30 ). ¤thenga: cossa, láma, láech-thengtha (in a list of guarantees), Metr. Dinds. iii 10.112 . ¤úall: mac Lugdech na laechuaille, BB 230b25 .

With adjj.

(a) ¤banna: ingen Lugdach loechbanna, Metr. Dinds. ii 84.54 . ¤beóda: do ghaibh go lúthmhar laochbheódha . . . aige laochbhualadh, Comp. CC 130.8 . ¤bres: co líth-baile láechbress, Metr. Dinds. iv 176 § 5 . ¤buan: inmain lecht l., Sc.M² 24a . ¤dána: co láechdána leómanda, Comp. CC 109.31 . ¤dond: fogur gotha . . . / meicc láechduind Locha F., Ériu iv. 96.4 . ¤imda: longphort . . . laoch-iomdha, ML 74.13 . ¤lán: ba lucht do cach luiṅg laechláin, LL 357 ( laechbain, BB 21a31 ). ¤mall: síl Labrada láech-maill, Metr. Dinds. iii 12.144 . ¤mas: ua Mogha lámha laochmhais, Caithr. CC 75 . senchas Átha Luain laechmaiss, Metr. Dinds. iii 366.4 .

(b) With adjj. formed from nouns: ¤buillech: ingin lescbáin láech-buillig, Metr. Dinds. i 8.38 . ¤ḟessach: see ¤ḟess above. ¤armach: longport lethan laocharmach, AFM vi 2098.19 .