actor etymology

English word actor comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵ-, Proto-Indo-European *h₂eǵʰ-, and later Proto-Indo-European *h₂éǵeti (To be driving.)

Detailed word origin of actor

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂eǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to drive, plough animal
*h₂eǵʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) plough animal
*h₂éǵeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be driving.
*agō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Do, act. Drive. Push, impel.
ago Latin (lat) (of offerings) I slay, kill (as a sacrifice). (of plants) I put forth, sprout, extend. (of time) I pass, spend. I accomplish, manage, achieve. I chase, pursue. I discuss, plead, deliberate. I do, act, make, behave. I drive at, pursue (a course of action). I drive, conduct. I guide, govern, administer. I perform, transact. I push, move, impel. I rob, steal, plunder, carry off. I stir up, [...]
actor Latin (lat) (legal) prosecutor, plaintiff, advocate, orator. Actor (person who performs in a theatrical play or movie). Doer.
actor English (eng) (legal) An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.. (legal) One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.. (policy debate) One who enacts a certain policy action.. (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).. A person who performs in a theatrical play or film.. One who acts; a doer.. One who takes part in a situation.

Words with the same origin as actor

Descendants of *h₂eǵ-
act action active activity actress actual agency agent camera catch embarrassed energy engagement engine enjoy exact exam final grace key lights navy reaction say
Descendants of *h₂eǵʰ-