aye etymology

English word aye comes from Proto-Germanic *awjō (A floodplain; meadow. Island.), Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyu-, Proto-Germanic *ī́ui, Proto-Indo-European - -os, Proto-Indo-European *h₂egʰlo-, Proto-Indo-European *ag(')h-, Proto-Germanic *aiwi

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Detailed word origin of aye

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*awjō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A floodplain; meadow. Island.
*h₂eyu- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ī́ui Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
- -os Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*h₂egʰlo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ag(')h- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to frighten
*aiwi Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*aiw- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
æ Old Norse (non) Ever, at any time.
*h₂égʰos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) (emotional) distress.
ey Old Norse (non) Island.
*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) (archaic) ever, always.

Words with the same origin as aye

Descendants of *awjō
ay island nay
Descendants of *h₂eyu-
a ache ae age awe awesome each eternal eternity medieval teen teenage toothache underage
Descendants of - -os
ace awful eye gay general generous jay just legal molly oxygen pork questioning ray robot snow states tend tone tony tune way yay