friend etymology

English word friend comes from Proto-Indo-European *preyH-, Proto-Indo-European *prāy-, Proto-Indo-European *priH-eh₂yéti ~ priH-eh₂-ti, and later Proto-Germanic *frijōną (To free. To like. To love.)

Detailed word origin of friend

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*preyH- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*prāy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*priH-eh₂yéti ~ priH-eh₂-ti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*frijōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To free. To like. To love.
*frijōndz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Friend, loved one.
frēond Old English (ang)
freond Old English (ang) A friend. A lover.
freend Middle English (enm) Friend.
friend English (eng) (climbing) A spring-loaded camming device.. (colloquial, ironic, used only in the vocative) Used as a form of address when warning someone.. (informal) An object or idea that can be used for good.. (object-oriented programming) A function or class granted special access to the private and protected members of another class.. (obsolete) A paramour of either sex.. A boyfriend or girlfriend.. A [...]

Words with the same origin as friend

Descendants of *preyH-
afraid appropriate boyfriend free freedom freelance freely freeman freeway friendly friendship girlfriend improper prop proper property props