freshen etymology

English word freshen comes from English -en, English fresh

Detailed word origin of freshen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-en English (eng) (dialectal, or, non-standard, rare) Used to form the plural of nouns. Can be used to denote the plural form of a small number of English words, the majority of whose etymology goes back to the n-stem (i.e. weak noun) declension of Germanic languages. Used to form the diminutives of certain nouns. When attached to certain adjectives, it forms a transitive verb whose meaning is, to make [...]
fresh English (eng) Rude, cheeky, or inappropriate; presumptuous; disrespectful; forward.. Sexually aggressive or forward; prone to caress too eagerly; overly flirtatious. (of plant material) Still green and not dried.. (of water) Without salt; not saline.. In a raw or untried state; uncultured; unpracticed.. Newly produced or obtained.. Not cooked, dried, frozen, or spoiled.. Refreshing or cool.. Rested; not [...]
freshen English (eng) (nautical) To relieve, as a rope, by change of place where friction wears it; or to renew, as the material used to prevent chafing.. (of a cow) To begin or resume giving milk, especially after calving.. (of wind) to become stronger.. To become fresh.. To make fresh.. To make less salty; to separate, as water, from saline ingredients.. To refresh; to revive.. To top up (a drink).

Words with the same origin as freshen

Descendants of -en
awaken beaten brethren brighten chicken golden lighten loosen straighten strengthen tighten weaken wooden