beam etymology

English word beam comes from Proto-Indo-European *bū-, Proto-Indo-European *bhū, and later Proto-Germanic *baumaz (Beam, balk. Tree.)

Detailed word origin of beam

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bū- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bhū Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*baumaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Beam, balk. Tree.
bēam Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
beam Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Beam of wood. The Cross. Tree.
beem Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
beam English (eng) (ambitransitive) To emit beams of light; shine; radiate.. (intransitive, figuratively) To smile broadly or especially cheerfully.. (transitive) To furnish or supply with beams. (transitive) give the appearance of beams to.. (transitive, currying) To stretch something (for example an animal hide) on a beam.. (transitive, music) To connect (musical notes) with a beam, or thick line, in music [...]

Words with the same origin as beam

Descendants of *bū-
bill billboard boil boiled boiler boiling bull bulldog bullock bullshit
Descendants of *bhū