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Eir

Eir

See also: eir and EIR

Faroese

Proper noun

Eir f

  1. (Norse mythology) Eir, Old Norse goddess of medicine.
  2. A female given name.

Declension

Singular
Indefinite
Nominative Eir
Accusative Eir
Dative Eir
Genitive Eirar

eir

eir

See also: Eir and EIR

English

Adjective

eir (not comparable)

  1. (neologism) Belonging to em, their (singular). Gender-neutral third-person singular possessive adjective, coordinate with his and her.
    • 1975 August 23, Black, Judie, “Ey has a word for it”, in Chicago Tribune, 1, page 12:
      Eir sentences would sound smoother since ey wouldn't clutter them with the old sexist pronouns. And if ey should trip up in the new usage, ey would only have emself to blame.
    • 1996 December 22, Worth, Shirley, “New To Yoga”, in alt.yoga, Usenet, message-ID <32BDCA0C.6C8@worth.org>:
      A person whose habit is to stand and walk splay-footed may *think* eir feet are straight ahead, when they are actually pointed only slightly less out.
    • 1997 November 25, Dawson, Scott Robert, “Who Pays for Cellular Calls”, in alt.cellular, Usenet, message-ID <347acf56.333719@news.interlog.com>:
      If a mobile user is far from eir home area, ey will pay a long-distance fee for carriage of the call *from* eir home area, just as a caller would pay long-distance on a call *to* that area.
    • 2004 March 31, Thomas, Sue, Hello World : travels in virtuality, Raw Nerve Books, ISBN 9780953658565, OL 4487793W, page 78:
      The adult worries much less; is cautious, sensible and knows how to protect emself and eir system from attack and error.
    • 2011 March 15, Edwards, RJ,
  2. 89: New Friend”, in Riot Nrrd, retrieved 2012-10-06:
    And ultimately: I think my readers are mature enough that knowing eir assigned gender is not going to give them an “excuse” to misgender em.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:eir.

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Hyponyms

See also

  • other attested and proposed gender-neutral pronouns

Icelandic

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *aiz.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /eiːr/
  • Rhymes: -eiːr
  • Homophone: Eir

Noun

eir m (genitive singular eirs, no plural) eir n (genitive singular eirs, no plural)

  1. (uncountable) copper; a reddish-brown, malleable, ductile metallic element with high electrical and thermal conductivity, symbol Cu, and atomic number 29. syn.

Declension

Derived terms

Chemical element
Cu Previous: nikkel (Ni)
Next: sink (Zn)

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Middle Welsh

Verb

eir

  1. impersonal present indicative of mynet

Old French

Noun

eir m (oblique plural eirs, nominative singular eirs, nominative plural eir)

  1. heir

Descendants

  • English: heir (borrowed)

Romansch

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter, Vallader) ir

Etymology

From Latin eō, īre, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ey-.

Verb

eir

  1. (Surmiran) to go

Welsh

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /əi̯r/

Verb

eir

  1. (literary) impersonal present / future of mynd

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