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German word treiben comes from Proto-Indo-European *dʰers-, and later Proto-Germanic *drībaną (To drive, push, compel to go.).

Treiben etymology ?

Treiben detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dʰers- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*dʰreybʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*drībaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To drive, push, compel to go.
trīban Old High German (goh)
trīben Middle High German (gmh)
treiben German (deu) (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to drift; to float about. (intransitive, auxiliary: “sein”) to sprout. (transitive) to do, to get up to. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to drive (e.g. livestock); to propel; to force. (transitive, auxiliary: “haben”) to put forth; to produce; to sprout. (transitive, figuratively, auxiliary: “haben”) to urge. (transitive, vulgar, slang, auxiliary: “haben”) [...]