Expensive Fools

Words for expensive, unfree & foolish in Celtic languages.

Old Irish (Goídelc) dóer [doːi̯r] = servile, unfree, serf
Irish (Gaeilge) daor [d̪ˠeːɾˠ / d̪ˠiːɾˠ] = unfree; base, servile; convicted, condemned; hard, severe; costly; dear, high-priced
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) daor [dɯːr] = expensive, dear; condemned; enslaved, in bondage
Manx (Gaelg) deyr = expensive, valuable, costly, dear, unfree, serf

Etymology: from the Old Irish do- (to) & fer (man, husband) [source].

Proto-Celtic *drūtos = foolish, lewd; costly; daring, wanton; furious, grievous
Gaulish Trutiknos (personal name)
Middle Irish (Gaoidhealg) drúth = fool
Irish (Gaeilge) drúth = irresponsible person, imbecile; jester, buffoon
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) drùth = lecherous, lascivious, foolish
Middle Welsh (Kymraec) drut = dear, expensive
Welsh (Cymraeg) drud = dear, high-priced, costly, expensive; precious, valuable; daring, brave, valiant, courageous, bold, intrepid, gallant, strong
Cornish (Kernewek) drudh = cherished, favourite, precious

Etymology: unknown [source].

Sources: Wiktionary, , Am Faclair Beag, MacBain’s Dictionary, In Dúil Bélrai English – Old-Irish Glossary, teanglann.ie, On-Line Manx Dictionary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionnaire Favereau

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