better etymology

English word better comes from Proto-Germanic *batizô, Proto-Germanic - ōną, and later Proto-Germanic *batizōną (To make better; improve.)

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Detailed word origin of better

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*batizô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
- ōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*batizōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To make better; improve.
beterian Old English (ang) To improve, to make better.
beteren Middle English (enm)
better English (eng) (colloquial) Had better.. (intransitive) To become better; to improve.. (transitive) To give advantage to; to support; to advance the interest of.. (transitive) To improve.. (transitive) To surpass in excellence; to exceed; to excel.

Words with the same origin as better

Descendants of *batizô
battle battlefield battleship battling
Descendants of - ōną
milk milkman milkshake milky