bread etymology

English word bread comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrēǵ-, Proto-Germanic *brēdaną (To roast (meat). To warm, heat, broil.), Proto-Indo-European *bʰrewe-, Proto-Germanic *brōaną (To singe, warm, brew.), Proto-Indo-European *bʰreh₁-, Proto-Germanic *braidaz (Broad, wide.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word bread. Currently you are viewing the etymology of bread with the meaning: (Verb) (transitive, dialectal) To make broad; spread.(transitive, dialectal) To make broad; spread

Detailed word origin of bread

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bʰrēǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to shine
*brēdaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To roast (meat). To warm, heat, broil.
*bʰrewe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*brōaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To singe, warm, brew.
*bʰreh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*braidaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Broad, wide.
*breh- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*bʰrē- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to carry, to bear, to carry, transport, to carry, bear
*braidijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To broaden, make broad, extend.
*bregdaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To flicker, flutter, jerk, tug (on), twitch, flinch, move, swing.
brǣdan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*brōduz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Brood; breeding. Heat, warmth, incubation.
*brōdijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To breed. To keep warm; brood.
breġdan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
breden Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
bread English (eng) (transitive, dialectal) To make broad; spread.

Words with the same origin as bread

Descendants of *bʰrēǵ-
brag braid breed breeding bride
Descendants of *brēdaną
Descendants of *bʰrewe-
bar barking base bear beer bird birth board born break breath breathe bridge broke broken brown buried burn bury difference fortune offer prefer suffer
Descendants of *brōaną
abroad brad broad broadcast broadcasting broadway brood width