begin etymology

English word begin comes from Proto-Germanic *bi- (By, at; a general locative prefix.), Old English (ca. 450-1100) onginnan (To begin. To undertake, attempt.), Dutch ontginnen (To develop.), Proto-Germanic *ginnaną, Old Saxon andginnan (To begin.), Proto-Germanic *ginnaną

Detailed word origin of begin

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bi- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) By, at; a general locative prefix.
onginnan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To begin. To undertake, attempt.
ontginnen Dutch (nld) To develop.
*ginnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
andginnan Old Saxon (osx) To begin.
*ginnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*biginnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To begin.
beginnan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) (rare) to begin.
beginnen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
begin English (eng) (ambitransitive) To start, to initiate or take the first step into something.. (intransitive) To be in the first stage of some situation. (intransitive) To come into existence. (nonstandard) Beginning; start.

Words with the same origin as begin

Descendants of *bi-
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