battle etymology

English word battle comes from Proto-Germanic *batjaną (To become better, improve.)

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Detailed word origin of battle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*batjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To become better, improve.
batian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To fatten, to get fatter. To improve, to get better, to heal.
*batol Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*batel Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
batell English (eng)
battle English (eng) (transitive, UK, _, dialectal, chiefly, Scotland, Northern England) To nourish; feed.. (transitive, UK, _, dialectal, chiefly, Scotland, Northern England) To render (for example soil) fertile or fruitful (UK, _, dialectal, chiefly, Scotland, Northern England) Fertile; fruitful.. (UK, _, dialectal, chiefly, Scotland, Northern England, agriculture) Improving; nutritious; fattening.

Words with the same origin as battle

Descendants of *batjaną
battlefield battleship battling