English-Cornish Dictionary
Gerlyver Sawsnek-Kernowek

English-Cornish Dictionary

Nicholas Williams

Editor: Michael Everson. Advisory Editor: Marion Gunn. First edition. Redruth: Agan Tavas, 2000. ISBN 1-901409-04-X. Dublin: Everson Gunn Teoranta, 2000. ISBN 1-899082-01-8. Price: GBP 28.00 + GBP 3.00 (EU), GBP 5.00 (elsewhere).

The author is a Bard of the Gorsedd of Cornwall, and lecturer in the Faculty of Celtic Studies, University College, Dublin. This 450-page dictionary is the most comprehensive English-Cornish dictionary ever published, containing over 25,000 headwords, many with extensive examples of words in context. The dictionary is 64% larger than Nance's 1938 dictionary, and utilizes Unified Cornish Revised orthography.

As with any dictionary, errors and omissions are inevitable. Corrections and additions to the dictionary can be found on the online addenda and errata page which is expected to be updated four times a year.

Some reviews and responses to them can be found on the reviews page.

Available from:

Agan Tavas, Gordon Villa, Sunnyvale Road, Portreath, Redruth TRE16 4NE, Kernow, UK.


love I n. kerensa f.; sergh. (as term of endearment) cf-colon; keresyk; melder; whegyn; whegen f. hello, ~! durda dhys, ow melder!; lowena dhys, whegen! self-~ omgerensa f.; honengerensa f. I learnt Cornish for the ~ of it me a wrg desky Kernowek awo·s me dh'y gara. give my ~ to your sister remember v dhe'th whr. courtly ~ sergh cortes. ~ affair omgara; kerensa f. gdhys. ~ child flgh kerensa; flgh dyre·th; bastard. ~-hate relationship kescowethyans cs ha kerensa. ~-in-a-mist (Nigella damscena) blejen f. fenokel; colm kerensa. ~-in-idleness (Viola tricolor) losowen f. an Drynsys. ~-letter lyther kerensa. ~-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus) an golon f. wojek. ~-making (courtship) profyans kerensa; sergh; omgara. (sexual intercourse) coplans; kyjyans. ~-sick clf dr gerensa. for ~'s sake paramou·r. II v. cara. do you ~ me more than these? esta worth ow hara vy moy es an r ma? ~ truly ewn-gara. ~ oneself, one another omgara.
Ke dhe folennow Agan Tavas (Go to the Agan Tavas website).
Marion Gunn, EGT, Dublin, 2001-05-03