Focal an Lae #359
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: léim (LAYM) [l′eːm′]

Meaning: léim = jump, leap; a jump, a leap


History: Old Irish “léimm”, which is the verbal noun of “lingid” (leaps), Welsh “llam” and Breton “lamm” come from Common Celtic *lang-smen-, from the Indo-European root *legwh- (light, not heavy). Cognates in English include “light” and “levitate”.

Scottish Gaelic: leum

2008-06-19 CPD