breath etymology

English word breath comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰébʰrus (Beaver.), Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē-t-

Detailed word origin of breath

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bʰébʰrus Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Beaver.
*bʰrē-t- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bʰrēt- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*brēþiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Odour. Vapour; steam; breath.
brǣþ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
breth Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
breath English (eng) (countable) A rest or pause.. (countable) A single act of breathing in or out.. (obsolete) Fragrance; exhalation; odor; perfume.. (obsolete) Gentle exercise, causing a quicker respiration.. (uncountable) Air expelled from the lungs.. (uncountable) The act or process of breathing.. A small amount of something, such as wind, or common sense.

Words with the same origin as breath

Descendants of *bʰébʰrus
Descendants of *bʰrē-t-
breathe breathless breathtaking