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English word breeches comes from Proto-Germanic *brōks (trousers), which itself is derived from earlier *brāks (rear end, rump), from Pre-Germanic *bʰrāg-, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰreg- (to break, crack, split).

Breeches etymology ?

Breeches detailed word origin explanation

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bʰreg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to break, crack, split
*brāks Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*brōks Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) rear end, rump, hindquarters, but also trousers
*brōkiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
brōc Old English (ang)
brēċ Old English (ang)
brech Middle English (enm)
breches Middle English (enm)
breeches English (eng) (informal) Trousers; pantaloons; britches.. A garment worn by men, covering the hips and thighs; smallclothes.

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Descendants of *brōkaz
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Descendants of *brāks
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Descendants of *brukiz
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