To Write

Words for writing, script and related things in Celtic languages:

Illuminated manuscript

Old Irish (Goídelc) scríbaid [ˈsʲkʲrʲiːviðʲ] = to write (down), compose
Middle Irish (Gaoidhealg) scríbaid = to write (down), compose
aithscríbaid = rewrites
scríbend = the act of writing
Irish (Gaeilge) scriobh [ʃcɾʲiːvˠ / ʃcɾʲiːw] = to write, fill in, compose; (hand)writing
scriobhaí = scribe, amanuensis
scríobhneóir = writer, author
scríobhneóireacht = writing, penmanship, literary work
scríofa = written
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) sgrìobh [sgrʲiːv] = to write, compose, inscribe
sgrìobhadh [sgrʲiːvəɣ] = writing, composing, inscribing, inscription, penmanship, writings, works
sgrìobhaiche = scribe, correspondent, writer
sgrìobhair = writer, scribe
Manx (Gaelg) screeu = document, writing; to inscribe, pen, scribe, write
screeuee = of writing
screeudeyr = scribe, secretary, secretary bird, writer
scrudeyr = scribe, secretary
screeudeyrys = writing
screeuit, screeut, scruit = written
Proto-Brythonic *skriβenn = writing, something written
Old Welsh scribenn = writing
Middle Welsh (Kymraec) yscriven, ysgriuen = writing
escryuennu, ysgriuennv, sgriuenv = to write
Welsh (Cymraeg) (y)sgrifen [əsˈɡrɪvɛn / ˈsɡrɪvɛn] = writing, manuscript, inscription, handwriting, letter, document, writ, deed, certificate, bill
(y)sgrifenedig = written, recorded, signed
(y)sgrifenlyfr = manuscript, writing-book
(y)sgrifennaf, (y)sgrifennu, sgwennu = to write, note (down), take a census
(y)sgrifennydd = secretary, scribe, clerk, copyist, writer, author
(y)sgrifennyddiaeth = orthography, spelling, handwriting
ysgrafo = to scratch, claw
Old Cornish scriuen = writing
Middle Cornish (Cernewec) screfa, scrife = to write
screft = scripture
scrife = writing
scriven = writing, letter, missive
scriviniat, scriuinat = writer
scrivit, scriut = writing
Cornish (Kernewek) skrif [skriːf] = document, script, writing, article
skrifa = to write, script, writ, writing
skrienyas, skrienyades = secretary
skrifenyaseth = secretariat
skrifer, skrifores = writer
skrifwas = clerk
Middle Breton (Brezonec) skriv, scrihuë = written
skrivadenn = something written
skrivadur = spelling, way of writing
skrivagner = scribe, secretary
skrivailher, skrivantour, skrivagnerez = writer
skrivañ, skriviñ, skriv = to write
Breton (Brezhoneg) skrivad = writing
skrivadenn = dictation
skrivagner = writer
skrivañ = to write

Etymology: from Latin scrībō (I write), from Proto-Italic *skreiβō (I carve), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreybʰ- (to scratch, to tear) [source].

Words from the same roots include scribble, scribe, script, shrift and shrive in English, and scritta (writing, notice, sign) and scrìvere (to write, spell) in Italian [source].

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag, Online Manx Dictionary,, eDIL – Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, In Dúil Bélrai English – Old Irish glossary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Gerlyvyr Cernewec, Dictionaire Favereau, TermOfis, Le dictionnaire diachronique du breton, Geriafurch, English – ProtoCeltic WordList (PDF), Etymological Dictionary Of Proto Celtic

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