2 lem

Cite this: eDIL s.v. 2 lem or dil.ie/29871

adj o, ā

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(a) soft, tender; weak, powerless : l.¤ .i. cach maeth, ut dicitur lemlacht .i. lacht maeth, O'C. 110 ( H. 3.18, 71 ). lemlacht .i. lacht tēith .i. lem cach tēith Corm. Y § 802 . ind óg findl.¤ . . . . / Maire ingen Ebraidé, SR 7503. ba leamh do ghreann, Oss. vi 188.x . Mac Mic Craith nár leamh i gcomhrac, E. O'Rahilly 82.166. ? stiúir d’ḟid lim 'a softwood rudder' EIS 160 § 67 (but may belong to 1 lem).

(b) In sexual sense, impotent: fear diairm .i. oc nach dir bean do beith .i. o na bi arm is comadhais do, in fer l.¤ , Laws v 134.2 Comm . fer dibreithe .i. gan cloind do bhreith do .i. ro fitir in fear a beth leamh, O'D. 462 ( H. 3.17, col. 357 ). ? a rand l.¤ sech lecnaib `weichlicher als (fleischige) Backen', Bruchst. i 36 § 84 = IT iii 90 § 119.

(c) foolish, worthless : glór an amláin gan aithne / drong lemh lucht a shaothraigthe, O'Gr. Cat. 556.3 . deighil . . . / gach fer fial is gach ben lemh, 593.3 . ní ghéillim . . . / . . . dod' bhriathra is leamh glór, Oss. iv 122.18 . duine leamh, neoch do thógaibh a theagh air ghaineamh, Matt. vii 26 . ná glac litir leimh iná seóda suirghe, Mac Aingil² 1722 . gurab leamh don tí chruinnigheas toicce . . . an tsaoghail, TSh. 7140 . na daoine leamha, ēccēillidhe, Parrth. Anma² 2918 .

Adv. tre bharr ghrádha go leamh leamh / ní bhíu tar chách dhá gcaoineadh, L. Cl. A. Buidhe 133.17 . biaidh an fear, Fionn, go leamh powerless, Oss. iv 90.z . dá saoileadh an saidhbhir go leamh gurab sealbh dhíleas dó é, TSh. 10061.

II As subst. an leamh 's an críonna, Hackett xxxix 79 .

Compds. With subst. ¤lacht, see lemnacht. ¤liaig worthless physician : an leimhliaigh, Mac Aingil² 4633 (`quack'). With adj. ¤glórach babbling, talking foolishly : ná bíod leamhghlór- ach ag rádh gach neith tig chum a mbéoil, 5483 .