meirb

Cite this: eDIL s.v. meirb or dil.ie/31792

Forms: merbi, meirbe, meirbhnéll

adj i,

(a) in O.Ir. lifeless, a corpse (?): pl. inna merbi .i. mortua corpora (gl. occisorum funera), Ml. 113b8 . dunaib merbib .i. dunaib corpaib marbaib (gl. funeribus), 65c4 .

(b) Mid. and later Ir. inert, flaccid, feeble: (in moral sense) weak, ineffective, backboneless: tipra nad m.¤ fon muir, Met. Dinds. iii 286. is merb is is marb mo guth, SC 29. nir bat lesc ar nar bat meirb, 26 ; cf. Tec. Corm. § 19.30 . toisechu bia marb oldas bia m.¤ , LL 147a9 = P.R.I.A. iii 546 § 8 . cech m.¤ is mettu every weakling is a coward, Met. Dinds. iii 376. ni fortachtaig[i] Día nach mifhir m.¤ , Trip. 88.29 . duthracht fir maíth-laim m.¤ , LL 146b12 ( P.R.I.A. iii 540 § 6 ). rádis athesc nar bo m.¤ , TFerbe 868 . comairli nach m.¤ , Ériu vii 226.9 . dál nach meirbh, Anecd. ii 35 § 10. is meirbh a phearsa a láthair, 2 Cor. x 10. Adv. ni m.¤ dofich Falbe, Fianaig. 12 § 17. cetheoir coinnle . . . ni meirv forosnat a clár, 14 § 33 . seal go meirbh ┐ seal go láidir, TSh. 1656. As subst. = meirbe: almai aidb[l]i cen m.¤ , SR 6297. m.¤ .i. mi-soirb, O'Dav. 1222 (etymol. gl.). m.¤ .i. truagh nó meata, Stowe Gl. 183. In good sense mild, gentle: a Mhuire mheirbh, Dánta Grádha xxxii 31 (= 30.31 ed. 1926). In Mod.Ir., of weather warm, sultry , s. Dinneen .

Compds. rop múr ar cech merblén feebleness , Fél. Jan. 24. ar in meirplind, ór ni teilgthe he achd tria meirphlind for it could be cast only through calm water (of the gaoi bhulga), ZCP x 295.5 . meirbhnéll lethargy , Buile S. 92.6 . ag meirbhshiubhal go mall, TSh. 2560.