IN FOCLÓIR GAEILGE—BÉARLA
bunús, m. (gs. -úis).1. Origin. ~ na cruinne, the origin of the universe. Éireannach ó bhunús, an Irishman by origin. Cad é an ~ atá leis an abairt sin? What is the origin of that phrase? 2. Basis. ~ a thabhairt le rud, to substantiate sth. Scéal a bhfuil ~ leis, a story that is well-founded. Ráfla gan bhunús, baseless rumour. Tá ~ staire leis, it is based on history. Cuir ~ ar do chuid cainte, talk sense. 3. Lit: Foundation, settlement. Ba leo féin a m~, their settlement was their own. 4. Substance, essence. ~ an chreidimh, the essence of faith. ~ a chuid cainte, the substance of his speech. Sin ~ a bhfuil le rá agam, that is the gist of what I have to say, about all I have to say. 5. Substance, wealth. Fear a bhfuil ~ aige, a man of substance. Is beag ~ a bhí riamh aige, he never had much means. Tá ~ maith air, he is well-established, well-to-do. Níl ~ ná forás air, he is neither prospering nor succeeding. Tá ~ sa dream sin, those people are able to make their way in the world. 6. Greater portion, majority. Tá ~ na hoibre déanta, the main part of the work is done. Chaith sé ~ a chuid airgid, he spent the bulk of his money. ~ an ama, na bliana, most of the time, of the year. Bhí ~ na ndaoine sásta leis, the great majority of the people were satisfied with it. A m~ uile, nearly all of them. 7. (As adv.)~gach aon lá, almost everyday.