braid etymology

English word braid comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrēḱ-, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) bregdan (To move back and forth, vibrate, bend. To weave, braid.)

Detailed word origin of braid

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bʰrēḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*breh- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*bregdaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To flicker, flutter, jerk, tug (on), twitch, flinch, move, swing.
bregdan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To move back and forth, vibrate, bend. To weave, braid.
brēdan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
bræiden Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
braid English (eng) (obsolete) A sudden movement; a jerk, a wrench. [11th-17thc.]. A fancy; freak; caprice.. A weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons, cords or hair often for decoration. [from 16thc.] (archaic, intransitive) To start into motion.. (obsolete) To reproach; to upbraid.. (obsolete, transitive) To make a sudden movement with, to jerk.. (transitive) To weave together, intertwine (strands [...]

Words with the same origin as braid

Descendants of *bʰrēḱ-
brag bread breed breeding bride