Rain

Words for rain in Celtic languages:

Old Irish (Goídelc) baistech = rain, rainfall
Irish (Gaeilge) báisteach = rain, rainfall
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) baisteach [baʃdʲəx] = baptismal, Baptist, rain
Manx (Gaelg) Bashtagh = Baptist

Etymology: from the Old Irish baithis (baptism), from the Latin baptisma (absolution, baptism).

Irish (Gaeilge) fearthainn = rain, rainfall

Etymology: from the Middle Irish ferthain (giving forth, pouring, showering), from the Old Irish feraid (to grant, afford, supply, pour, shower, shed).

Old Irish (Goídelc) fliuchad = (the act of) wetting
Irish (Gaeilge) fliuchadh = wetting
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) fliuchadh [fluxəd] = degree of wetness, moistness
Manx (Gaelg) fliaghey = rain

Etymology: from the Old Irish fliuch (wet), from the Proto-Celtic *wlikʷos (wet). Cognate with words for wet in all Celtic languages.

Other ways to refer to rain Scottish Gaelic include uisge (water), and fras (shower, rain).

Proto-Celtic *glawā = rain
Welsh (Cymraeg) glaw = rain, shower
Cornish (Kernewek) glaw = rain
Breton (Brezhoneg) glav = rain

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag, teanglann.ie, On-Line Manx Dictionary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionnaire Favereau

Ways to say it’s raining

  • Tá sé ag cur báisteach / básiti (Irish)
  • Tá sé ag cur fearthainn (Irish)
  • Tá sé ag cur (Irish)
  • Tha an t-uisge ann (Scottish Gaelic)
  • T’eh ceau fliaghey (Manx)
  • T’eh ceau (Manx)
  • Mae hi’n bwrw glaw (Welsh)
  • Mae’n bwrw glaw (Welsh)
  • Mae’n bwrw (Welsh)
  • Yma ow kul glaw (Cornish)
  • Hi a wra glaw (Cornish)
  • Glav a ra (Breton)

Weather words in: Breton, Cornish, Irish and Welsh

Words for heavy rain in many languages

Rain

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