Focal an Lae #226
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: gob (GOB) [gob]

Meaning: gob = beak, mouth; tip, point


History: Old Irish “gop” comes from Indo-European *gebh- (jaw, mouth). Cognates in English include “jowl” and “chafer”, from Germanic *kabraz (gnawer), as well as the slang word “gob” (mouth), which is almost certainly borrowed from Irish or Scottish Gaelic, and “gob” meaning “small mass”, which comes from Old French “gobe” (mouthful), which was borrowed from Gaulish *gobbo- (beak, mouth).

Scottish Gaelic: gob

2008-06-19 CPD