effort etymology

English word effort comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) esforcier, French esforcier, and later Old French (842-ca. 1400) esfort (Strength; might.)

Detailed word origin of effort

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
esforcier Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) (reflexive, s'esforcier) to try; to attempt. To force (someone to do something). To fortify; to reinforce. To rape. To try; to make a large effort. To use force.
esforcier French (fra)
esfort Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Strength; might.
effort Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) (military) unit; division. Strength; might; force.
effort English (eng) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.. An endeavour.. The work involved in performing an activity; exertion. (obsolete, transitive) To stimulate.. (uncommon, intransitive) To make an effort.

Words with the same origin as effort

Descendants of esforcier
effort distance effortless