3 ol

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Forms: oldaas

conj. than , after comparatives; prob. an extension of the adverbial use, see 1 ol. Ol is always combined with an absol. form (rel. in 3d pers.) of the subst. vb., which it eclipses. In O.Ir. (a) the subst. vb. after ol generally represents the copula and agrees in number and pers. with a follg. subject, its tense being determined by that of the main sentence; but already within the O.Ir period (b) the form oldaas (ol+3 s. rel.) ` than he (she, it) is ' comes to be regarded as a conj. = ` than ' and may be followed by another vb. in the absol. form. Finally in Mid.Ir. oldaas (oldás) `than' comes to be used without distinction of person, number or tense, though the older inflected forms frequently occur down to the close of the Mid.Ir. period. See Ped. § 511 Anm. 1. Already in O.Ir, ol- begins to be replaced by in- (in Glosses found only in Ml.), which before the close of the Mid.Ir. period supersedes it.

1 Exx. from Glosses:

(a) is bec as máo oldáu-sa, Sg. 45a15 (gl. quam ego sum maiuscula est). is sochrudiu láam oldó-sa hand is comelier than I, Wb. 12a21 , cf. 25 . ni airegdu a persan- som oldaas persan na n-abstal olchene, 18d14 . móa oldaas óenṡillab, Sg. 68b8 . oldate ind aingil, gl. melior angelis, Wb. 32b5 . oillu oldate cóic cét fer, gl. plus quam quingentis fratri- bus, 13b2 . oldatae, Ml. 131a6 . ni pa gliccu felsub ola-mbieid- si acuter than ye will be, Wb. 26d26 . ba deidbiriu dúnni . . . ol ṁboí do-som it were more reasonable for us . . . than it was for him, 9c10 . air robtar lia sidi ol ṁbatar maicc israhel more numerous than the Children of I., Ml. 123a8 .

(b) is follus . . . téte aitherrechtaigthe ní as hire oldáta maic that a patronymic goes farther than sons, Sg. 30b12 (where a vb. is implied after oldáta). is móa dongní-som oldaas dontlucham he does it more than we ask it (gl. superabundanter quam petimus), Wb. 21d9 . bid mó dongenae-siu oldaas ro- foided cucut (super id quod dico facies), 32a25 .

2 Later lit.:

(a) is ansu limsa mo thech oldás mo trebad, FB 26. ba siniu oldás Cu Chulaind, 83 . uair bam siniu oltás I was older than he, LB 113a16 ( MacCarthy 68.24 ). ba ḟeliu duit th'immḟoluch oldás teiched, TBC 1973. cumba mesa dúib oltás dam-sa, PH 2042. in tan bas giliu in grian . . . oldaas innossa, Ériu ii 142 § 155. athnúigfither in uli dúl i ndeilb bus áille . . . oldás in a form fairer than at present, 200.17 . ní théit immach . . . as diliu lind oldammit fadessin any one dearer to us than ourselves, TBC 199 = inā sind fein, St. don tí ata ina ṡinser indíu oldáim-ne who is older to-day than we, LL 133a43 . at lia Greic oldáthe than ye are, TTr.2 319 . bit lia ar mairb oldáte ar mbí, FB 5. is truma smachta geimrid oldaiti smachta samraid, Laws iv 88.25 . narb andsa la cristaigib he oldait geinte not dearer to Christians than to Gentiles, PH 311 ; rectius oldaas (O.Ir. ol mboí) la geinte. cach óen . . . as sinu olmbí older than thou art, Arch. iii 312 § 4 (olnambe v.l.). ba hamru delb Fothaid ol baí Oilill acht ba hamru ben Oilella oldas ben Ḟothaid, Fianaig. 6.14 , 15 . nir bo mailli dolotar olmbatar in charpait (the men) came not more slowly than the chariots, TBC2 3537 (where olmb. takes the place of another vb.). nir uo lugha mioscais na nGaoideal lasna Gallaibh olttáitte the Irish were not less hated by the English than they (the Burkes), Hugh Roe 110.6 (f. 30 a) , i.e. the English hated them as much as they hated the Irish; the construction is confused.

(b) folld. by another vb.: bid mó bas loscud don tig oldás bas suillse don teglugh (i.e. the house is more likely to catch fire than the household to get light), FB 92. is toisechu ro cet in coecatmad psalm oldas ro cet in tre[s] psalm, Hib. Min. 6.200 . comtis annso a phiana oldas mar ata fo secht its tor- ments would be seven times worse than they are, Ériu ii 142.3 . The vb. follg. may be understood: is tusca ro tusmed tu fen oltas Adam, LB 110b19 ( MacCarthy 50.15 ), cf. Sg. 30b12 cited above.

(c) Used absolutely: glainidir gol (.i. is glaine ol na dér), ZCP iii 223 § 6 (Amra Senáin).