Focal an Lae #203
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: suan (SOO-uhn) [suːən]

Meaning: suan = sleep, slumber


History: Old Irish “súan” and Welsh “hun” come from Common Celtic *sownos, from Indo-European *supnos, the suffixed zero grade of the root *swep- (to sleep). Cognates in English include “hypnotic”, from Greek “hupnos” (sleep) and “somnolent”, from Latin “somnus” (sleep).

Scottish Gaelic: suain

2008-06-19 CPD