-man etymology

English word -man comes from Proto-Indo-European *men-, Proto-Indo-European *mony-, Proto-Indo-European *mAnw-, Old Norse monu, Old Norse man, Proto-Germanic *mainą (Damage, hurt. Unjustice, sin.), Proto-Germanic *mainaz (Mean, damaging, hurtful. Unjust, false.)

Detailed word origin of -man

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*men- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mony- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) withers, crest, mane
*mAnw- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) man
monu Old Norse (non)
man Old Norse (non)
*mainą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Damage, hurt. Unjustice, sin.
*mainaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Mean, damaging, hurtful. Unjust, false.
mān Old English (ang)
*mann- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (Runic alphabet) name of the M-rune (ᛗ). Man.
mann Old English (ang) Man (adult male). Person, human. The rune ᛗ, representing the sound /m/.
mane Middle English (enm)
men English (eng) (collective) (The) people, humanity.
-man English (eng) In certain cases, someone (implied male) who derives from a particular nationality.. Someone (implied male) who has special characteristics relating to a topic or area.. Someone (implied male) who is an expert in an area.. Someone (implied male) who is employed or holds a position in an area.

Words with the same origin as -man

Descendants of *men-
automatic brain eminence main mainland mansion mental mention min mind mine minor mint minus monastery monitor monk moon mount mountain moustache my permanent remain summon
Descendants of *mony-
hunter's moon mane moan moaner mone moonbeam mooncusser moondust mooning moonlit moonnaut moonquake moonraker moonrise moonsail moonshine moonstone moonstruck moonwalk moonwort moony old moon ombudsman waning moon
Descendants of *mAnw-
batman businessman chap chop congressman foreman game madman man match men mon norman policeman salesman set spoke sunset superman u upset us woman women
Descendants of monu
cameraman fireman fisherman freeman freshman gentleman mankind manly
Descendants of man
gent moonlight
Descendants of *mainą
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