Aidiacht - Adjective

 

Man carrying a heavy bag
Man lugging a heavy bag

 
The following collection of Irish and English adjectives illustrate the placement of the adjective after its noun in Irish speech. In English the adjective precedes the noun it modifies. So in English we say "a big family" but in Irish we say "Clann mor" meaning "a family big". Notice that there is no equivalent to the article "a" in the Irish.
 
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Bad
  • Bad - Olc

  • Bhí an scannán go holc.
    The movie was bad.

     

    a very big family

  • Big - Mor

  • Tá mo theaghlach mór.
    I have a big family

     

    a beautiful woman on the beach at night

  • Beautiful - Galánta

  • Tá súile galánta donna aici.
    She has beautiful brown eyes.

    an angry and bitter businessman

  • Bitter - Searbh

  • Tá na líomóidí searbh.
    The lemonade is bitter 

     

    Cleanin materials

  • Clean - Glan

  • Tá an chistin glan anois.
    The kitchen is clean now.

     

    Blow drying a dog.

  • Dry - Tirim

  • Tá an madra tirim anois.
    The dog is dry now.

     

    Cold Skiing

  • Correct - Ceart

  • Bhí an ceart aici.
    She was correct 

     

    a little boy running.

  • Fast - Gasta

  • Is féidir leis rith go gasta.
    He can run fast 

     

    Weights

  • Heavy - Trom

  • Tá mo mhála trom.
    My bag is heavy.

     

    Quiet

  • Quiet - Ciúin

  • Bí ciúin le do thoil!
    Be quiet, please.

     

    Stools in a diner

  • Old - Sean

  • Tá an seanduine ar an stól.
    The old man is on the stool.

     

    A blacksmith's hammer and anvil.

  • Hard - Crua

  • n/a Tá sé crua.
    It is hard.

     

    Rough tree.

  • Rough - Garbh

  • Tá an talamh garbh anseo.
    The ground is rough here.

     

    Cold Skiing

  • Cold - Fuar

  • Tá sé fuar inniu.
    It's cold today

     

    Good Job
  • Good - Maith

  • Tá an ceol go maith.
    The music is good.

     

    Small baby.

  • Small - Beag

  • Tá mé beag.
    I am small.

    Ugliest dog

  • Ugly - Granna

  • Tá madadh gránna aici.
    She has an ugly dog.

     

    Sweet ice cream

  • Sweet - Milis

  • Bhí an t-oráiste milis.
    The orange was sweet.

     

    Jesus washing his disciples feet.

  • Dirty - Salach

  • Cad chuige a bhfuil tú salach?
    Why are you dirty?

     

    Wets

  • Wet - Fliuch

  • Tá an madra fliuch.
    The dog is wet.

     

    Incorrect

  • Incorrect - Micheart

  • Bhí sé mícheart.
    He was incorrect.

     

    Slow turtle

  • Slow - Mall

  • Gabh go mall le do thoil.
    Go slow please!

     

    Scales

  • Light - Éadrom

  • Tá sí chomh héadrom le cleite.
    She is light as a feather.

     

    a loud blow horn

  • Loud - Callánach

  • Tá sé millteanach callánach!
    He is very loud!

     

    Stork

  • New - Nua

  • Cheannaigh mé cóta breá nua!
    I bought a lovely new coat.

  • Soft - Bog

  • soft Tá mo gheansaí nua bog te.
    My new jumper is soft and warm.

     

    Smooth knees.

  • Smooth - Mín

  • Tá craiceann mín aici.
    She has smooth skin.

     

    Strong man lifting Weights

  • Strong - Laidir

  • Bean láidir a bhí inti.
    She was a strong woman.

     

  • Young - óg

  • Kid Tá an buachaill óg.
    The boy is young.

     

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    Snake

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