ait (plural aits)
- 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.
From Scots ait, ate, from Middle English ate, from Old English āte. More at oat.
ait (plural aits)
- (Scotland) An oat.
- 1785, Robbie Burns, Scotch Drink
- Let husky wheat the haughs adorn,
An' aits set up their awnie horn,
- IPA(key): /e/ or IPA(key): /ɛ/
- third-person singular present subjunctive of avoir
From Old Irish aitt (“pleasant, agreeable; strange, unusual”, adjective).
ait (genitive singular masculine ait, genitive singular feminine aite, plural aite, comparative aite)
- pleasant, likeable
- fine, excellent
- comical; queer
Declension of ait
|| Plural (m/f)
|| (strong noun)
|| (weak noun)
¹ This form is lenited after a noun if possible.
² This form is lenited if possible when the preceding noun is lenited and governed by the definite article.
³ This form is lenited if possible when the preceding noun ends in a slender consonant.
- genitive singular of at
| Irish mutation|
|| with h-prothesis
|| with t-prothesis
| Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every|
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
- "ait" in Foclóir Gaeilge-Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
- “aitt” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.
- third-person singular present active indicative of āiō
- third-person singular perfect active indicative of āiō
- it is said (that)
- 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)
- aït (scholarly convention)
- third-person singular present subjunctive of aidier
- (literary) second-person singular imperfect / conditional of mynd