better etymology

English word better comes from Proto-Indo-European *bhaw-, Proto-Indo-European *gʰedʰ-, and later Old English betera (Better (comparative of bet).)

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Detailed word origin of better

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bhaw- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*gʰedʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to unite, to join, to fit, to be suitable, to join, to unite, to unite, be associated, suit, to unite, be associated, be suitable
*batistaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
betera Old English (ang) Better (comparative of bet).
betre Middle English (enm)
better English (eng) More, in reference to value, distance, time, etc. Greater in amount or quantity An entity, usually animate, deemed superior to another; one who has a claim to precedence; a superior.

Words with the same origin as better

Descendants of *bhaw-
and battle battlefield beat beaten bit boat boot booty boss bra bro brother bud buddy but butt butter button cabbage for heartbeat nor upbeat
Descendants of *gʰedʰ-
anyone beast best bye gather god goddamn goddess godfather gods good goodbye goodness goodnight gosh gospel one someone un wan yan yen