amaze etymology

English word amaze comes from Old English prefix ā- and root *masian (to confound), which in turn likely comes from Proto-Germanic *masōną (to struggle with, be confused)

Detailed word origin of amaze

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ā- Old English (ang) Old English prefix used for forming words with the sense from, away, off, e.g. āniman, which meant 'to take away or remove'
*masōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) to labour, struggle with, be confused.
*masian Old English (ang) to confound
āmasian Old English (ang) To amaze. To confuse, confound, perplex.
amasen Middle English (enm)
amaze English (eng) (now, _, poetic) Amazement, astonishment. [from 16th c.] (intransitive) To undergo amazement; to be astounded.. (obsolete) To bewilder; to stupefy; to bring into a maze.. (obsolete) To stupefy; to knock unconscious. [13th-17th c.]. (obsolete) To terrify, to fill with panic. [16th-18th c.]. (transitive) To fill with wonder and surprise; to astonish, astound, surprise or perplex. [from 16th c.].

Words with the same origin as amaze

Descendants of ā-
abe aboard abroad ace adrift ae afar afloat ahold amazing amelia arise around arouse ashore aside asleep aston astonished astonishing astounding nowadays round
Descendants of *masian
maze