Focal an Lae #135
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: fíor (FEE-uhr) [f′iːr]

Meaning: fíor = figure; shape; outline (This “fíor” has the same spelling and pronunciation as the word meaning “true”, but has a completely different origin and meaning.)


History: Old Irish “figor” was borrowed from Latin “figura”, which comes from Indo-European *dhigh-ūrā (shaping-result), the suffixed zero grade of the root *dheigh- (to form, build). “Figure” is an obvious cognate in English.

2008-06-19 CPD