aye etymology

English word aye comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂egʰlo-, Proto-Indo-European *ag(')h-, Proto-Germanic *aiw-, Proto-Germanic *aiwi, and later Proto-Indo-European *h₂égʰos ((emotional) distress.)

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Detailed word origin of aye

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂egʰlo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ag(')h- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to frighten
*aiw- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*aiwi Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*h₂égʰos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) (emotional) distress.
ey Old Norse (non) Island.
æ Old Norse (non) Ever, at any time.
*agaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Fear; dread.
ege Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Fear, terror.
agg Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
aye English (eng) Yes; yea; a word expressing assent, or an affirmative answer to a question. (archaic) ever, always An affirmative vote; one who votes in the affirmative.

Words with the same origin as aye

Descendants of *aiw-
ay nay