dust etymology

English word dust comes from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew-, Proto-Indo-European *dʰewh₂-, and later Proto-Germanic *dunstą (Dust. Evaporation. Mist, haze.)

Detailed word origin of dust

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dʰew- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to run, flow
*dʰewh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to rise in smoke
*dunstą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Dust. Evaporation. Mist, haze.
dust Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Dust; powder; mill dust.
dūst Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
doust Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
dust English (eng) (countable) The act of cleaning by dusting.. (figurative) A low or mean condition.. (figurative) Something worthless.. (mathematics) A totally disconnected set of points with a fractal structure.. (obsolete) A single particle of earth or other material.. (slang, dated) cash; money (in reference to gold dust).. (uncountable) Fine, dry particles of matter found in the air and covering the [...]

Words with the same origin as dust

Descendants of *dʰew-
darling dead deaf dear dearest dearly death deer die doe does donkey door doorbell doorstep doorway dumb dummy dusty dying nearest reindeer steam stem
Descendants of *dʰewh₂-
countdown dairy dew din down downside downtown downward dusk dye funk hometown lockdown showdown sundown teen teenage teeny touchdown town uptown