Weaving Words

Words for weave and related words, in Celtic languages.


Proto-Celtic *wegyeti = to weave, compose
Old Irish (Goídelc) figid = to weave, plait, intertwine
Irish (Gaeilge) figh = to weave, put together, contrive, compose (a story, etc)
fián = grain (in meat)
fíochán = (act of) weaving, weave, web, plaiting, tissue, tracery
fíodóir = weaver, spider
idirfhigh = to interweave
Scottish Gaelic (Gàidhlig) fighe [fi.ə] = weaving, to weave, knitting
figheadair [fi.ədɛrʲ] = weaver, knitter
fighiche [fi.ɪçə] = weaver
Manx (Gaelg) fee = weave, plait, knit, interlace, braid, intertwine, mat; ravens
feeder, fidder = weaver
fidderaght = texture, weave, weaving
fidderagh = weaving
fidderys = weaving
Middle Welsh (Kymraec) ywehu, weaf, gweawdd, wav, gweheu = to weave, plait, knit
Welsh (Cymraeg) gweu, gwau, gweaf, gweuaf = to weave, plait, knit, spin in a web; to weave or compose poems
gwau [ɡwaɨ̯/ɡwai̯] = weaving, knitting
gwe [ɡweː] = (spider) web, gauze, the Web
gwefan = website
gwead = weave
gweadog, gweadol = weaving, plaiting, twisting
gweadur = weaver, knitter, plaiter, spiner, composer
gwëydd, gwehydd, gwŷdd = weaver, composer of poetry, weaver of songs
gwehyddu = to weave
Cornish (Kernewek) gwia = to weave
gwiader/gwiadores = weaver
gwias = web, fabric. tissue, consistency
gwiasva = website
Middle Breton gueaff = to weave
Breton (Brezhoneg) gweañ = to wring, twist, bend, buckle, writhe; to braid, plait, weave
gwiad = fabric, cloth, tissue, canvas; spider’s web, cobweb
gwiader = weaver
gwiadiñ = to weave

Etmology: from the Proto-Indo-European *weg- (to spin, weave) [source].

Words marked with a * are reconstructions.

Sources: Wiktionary, Am Faclair Beag, Online Manx Dictionary, Teanglann.ie, eDIL – Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language, In Dúil Bélrai English – Old Irish glossary, Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru, Gerlyver Kernewek, Dictionaire Favereau, TermOfis, English – ProtoCeltic WordList (PDF)

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