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Ait

Ait

,
Noun.
[AS. [GREEK], [GREEK], perh. dim. of
īeg
,
īg
, island. See
Eyot
.]
An islet, or little isle, in a river or lake; an eyot.
The
ait
where the osiers grew.
R. Hodges (1649).
Among green
aits
and meadows.
Dickens.

Ait

,
Noun.
Oat.
[Scot.]
Burns.

Definition 2022


ait

ait

See also: aitt, AIT, áit, áitt, -ait, and -áit

English

Alternative forms

Noun

ait (plural aits)

  1. An island in a river, especially the River Thames in England.
    • R. Hodges (1649)
      The ait where the osiers grew.
    • 1833, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Autobiography: Truth and Fiction Relating to My Life trans. John Oxenford, book 9,
      Striking richness of vegetation which follows in the windings of the Rhine, marks its banks, islands, and aits.
    • 1853, Charles Dickens, Bleak House, ch. 1,
      Fog everywhere. Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows.
Synonyms

Etymology 2

From Scots ait, ate, from Middle English ate, from Old English āte. More at oat.

Noun

ait (plural aits)

  1. (Scotland) An oat.
    • 1785, Robbie Burns, Scotch Drink
      Let husky wheat the haughs adorn,
      An' aits set up their awnie horn,

Anagrams


Estonian

Noun

  1. barn

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /e/ or IPA(key): /ɛ/

Verb

ait

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of avoir

Irish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /atʲ/

Etymology 1

From Old Irish aitt (pleasant, agreeable; strange, unusual, adjective).

Adjective

ait (genitive singular masculine ait, genitive singular feminine aite, plural aite, comparative aite)

  1. pleasant, likeable
  2. fine, excellent
  3. comical; queer
Declension
Derived terms
  • aiteacht f (queerness, oddness)

Etymology 2

Noun

ait m

  1. genitive singular of at

Mutation

Irish mutation
Radical Eclipsis with h-prothesis with t-prothesis
ait n-ait hait t-ait
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References

  • "ait" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • aitt” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Latin

Verb

āit, ait

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of āiō
  2. third-person singular perfect active indicative of āiō
  3. it is said (that)

References

  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) as Homer sings (not canit): ut ait Homerus
    • (ambiguous) as Cicero says: ut ait Cicero (always in this order)

Old French

Alternative forms

  • aït (scholarly convention)

Verb

ait

  1. third-person singular present subjunctive of aidier

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ai̯t/

Verb

ait

  1. (literary) second-person singular imperfect / conditional of mynd

Synonyms

  • aet (colloquial)
  • elet (colloquial)