dead etymology

English word dead comes from Proto-Germanic *dawjaną (To die.), Proto-Indo-European *dʰautós, Proto-Indo-European *dʰowHtós

Detailed word origin of dead

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dawjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To die.
*dʰautós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*dʰowHtós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*daudaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Dead.
dead Old English (ang) Dead.
dēad Old English (ang)
deed Middle English (enm) Dead (no longer alive).
dead English (eng) (plural, with "the") Those who have died.. (uncountable, singulare tantum, often with "the") Time when coldness, darkness, or stillness is most intense. (engineering) Not imparting motion or power.. (hyperbole) Figuratively, not alive; lacking life.. (informal) (Certain to be) in big trouble.. (legal) Cut off from the rights of a citizen; deprived of the power of enjoying the rights of [...]

Words with the same origin as dead

Descendants of *dawjaną
deadbeat death deathbed die dying