Focal an Lae #129
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: cúng (KOONG) [kuːŋ]

Meaning: cúng = narrow, tight


History: Old Irish “cumung” and Welsh “cyfyng” come from Common Celtic *kom-ingu-, from Indo-European *kom-nghu-. The first element *kom- is a common prefix meaning “beside, near, by, with”. The second element derives from the root *angh- (tight, painfully constricted), which also gives us the English cognates “anger”, “anguish” and “anxious”.

Scottish Gaelic: cumhang

2008-06-19 CPD