base etymology

English word base comes from Proto-Indo-European *bhars-, Proto-Indo-European *bʰórsos, Latin basis, Late Latin bassus, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) bas (Low (near the ground).)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word base. Currently you are viewing the etymology of base with the meaning: (Adjective) (archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.. (legal) Not held by honourable service.. (now, rare) Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.. (obsolete) Low in height; short.. (obsolete) [...](archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.. (legal) Not held by honourable service.. (now, rare) Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.. (obsolete) Low in height; short.. (obsolete) [...]

Detailed word origin of base

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bhars- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bʰórsos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
basis Latin (lat) (architecture) The lowest part of the shaft of a column.. (grammar) The primitive word, root.. (of cattle) A track, footprint.. A pedestal, foot, base; basis, foundation.
bassus Late Latin (LL)
base Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Base (bottom part; supporting part).
bas Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Low (near the ground).
*barsaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A fish, perch.
bærs Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
bars Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
baas Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
base English (eng) (archaic) Of low social standing or rank; vulgar, common.. (legal) Not held by honourable service.. (now, rare) Inferior; unworthy, of poor quality.. (obsolete) Low in height; short.. (obsolete) Of illegitimate birth; bastard.. (obsolete) Of low value or degree.. Alloyed with inferior metal; debased.. Designating those metals which are not classed as precious or noble.. Low in place or [...]

Words with the same origin as base

Descendants of *bhars-
afar baseball basement bass boss far faraway
Descendants of basis
basic basically database
Descendants of bassus
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