Focal an Lae #284
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: staighre (STY-ruh) [stair′ə]

Meaning: staighre = stairs, stairway


History: Classical Irish “staighre” comes from Middle English “staeire”, from Old English “staēgr” (stair, step), which comes from Indo-European *stoigh-ri-, the suffixed o-grade of the root *steigh- (to stride, step, rise). English “stair” is thus an exact cognate.

Scottish Gaelic: staidhre

2008-06-19 CPD