Focal an Lae #161
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: naomh (NEEV) [niːv]

Meaning: naomh = saint; holy


History: Old Irish “noíb” goes back to Indo-European *noi-bho- (good, holy), from the root *nei- (to be excited, shine). Irish “niamh” (brilliance, lustre, sheen) is a cognate, as is English “neat”, which comes from Latin “nitere” (to shine).

Scottish Gaelic: naomh

2008-06-19 CPD