con etymology

English word con comes from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃-, Middle English (1100-1500) canne, Proto-Indo-European - -né-, and later Proto-Indo-European *ǵn̥néh₃ti (To know, recognize.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word con. Currently you are viewing the etymology of con with the meaning: (Verb) (rare) To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.. (rare, archaic) To know, understand, acknowledge.. Variant spelling of conn: to conduct the movements of a ship at sea.(rare) To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.. (rare, archaic) To know, understand, acknowledge.. Variant spelling of conn: to conduct the movements of a ship at sea

Detailed word origin of con

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ǵneh₃- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
canne Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
- -né- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ǵn̥néh₃ti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To know, recognize.
*kunnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To know how, to be able to. To know, to be familiar with, to recognise.
cunnan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) (auxiliary) can, to know how, to be able. To know, to be familiar with.
can English (eng) (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To be possible, usually with be.. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to.. (modal auxiliary verb, defective, informal) May; to be permitted or enabled to.. (obsolete, transitive) To know. (US, euphemistic) To fire or dismiss an employee.. To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar.. To shut up.. To discard, scrap or [...]
cunnen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
con English (eng) (rare) To study, especially in order to gain knowledge of.. (rare, archaic) To know, understand, acknowledge.. Variant spelling of conn: to conduct the movements of a ship at sea.

Words with the same origin as con

Descendants of *ǵneh₃-
acknowledge can cannot coconut could cunning ignorance ignorant ignore keen ken knight know knowledge known noble not note notebook notice notion nut peanut recognize
Descendants of canne
cuddle cuddly
Descendants of - -né-
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