Word of the day – clustfeinio

I came across the word clustfeinio yesterday while reading a novel in Welsh. At first I wasn’t quite sure what it meant, apart from having something to do with ears, clustiau. From the context though I was able to guess its meaning:

Wy’n clustfeinio am bob gwich a sgrech.
I’m [verbing] to every squeak and shriek.

From its position in the sentence, you can tell that clustfeinio is a verb. Can you guess what it means? The character who says this sentence is lying in bed trying to get to sleep.

Related words include:

clust – ear
clustdlws – ear-ring (lit. “ear brooch/jewel”)
clusten – (ear) lobe
clustew / clustrwm – hard of hearing (lit. “fat ear” / “heavy ear”)
clustfyddar – deaf
clustiog – eared
clustog – pillow, cushion
clustowlad – buffer-state (lit. “pillow state”)

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0 Responses to Word of the day – clustfeinio

  1. Jangari says:

    It begs the question then; what other verbs (or any other words for that matter) contain -feinio?

  2. (A Different) Simon says:

    I think I know what it means: gb rnirfqebc (ROT13).

  3. Seumas says:

    Interesting – in Gaelic we say ‘cluas’ for ear!

  4. Simon says:

    clustfeinio means to listen attentively, to eavesdrop, hearken or monitor. feinio means to grow/make/become slender and comes from main, which means delicate or fine. It’s also used in blaenfain and pigfain, which both mean pointed or tappering; and in dadfeinio to reverberate.

  5. Rhodri says:

    Clustan / clusten also means a wallop accross the ear.

    “Bonclust” also has the same meaning.

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