able etymology

English word able comes from Middle English able

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word able. Currently you are viewing the etymology of able with the meaning: (Verb) (transitive, obsolete) To dress. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.]. (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. [Attested from around [...](transitive, obsolete) To dress. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.]. (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. [Attested from around [...]

Detailed word origin of able

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
able Middle English (enm)
ablen Middle English (enm)
able English (eng) (transitive, obsolete) To dress. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.]. (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.]. (transitive, obsolete) To make capable; to enable. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 19th century.]. (transitive, obsolete) To make ready. [...]

Words with the same origin as able

Descendants of able
transability