gain etymology

English word gain comes from Proto-Germanic *jabai (When, if.), Old English (ca. 450-1100) an- (One, uni-, only. Sole, single, solitary; alone.), Old English (ca. 450-1100) ġean, Latin iuncus (Rush, reed.), Latin genitus, Old Latin genere, Latin ingratus (Thankless. Ungrateful. Unpleasant, disagreeable.), Old French (842-ca. 1400) genievre, Old English (ca. 450-1100) gægn, Middle English (1100-1500) agayn (Again.), Dharuk dyin (Woman.)

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Detailed word origin of gain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*jabai Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) When, if.
an- Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) One, uni-, only. Sole, single, solitary; alone.
ġean Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
iuncus Latin (lat) Rush, reed.
genitus Latin (lat)
genere Old Latin (itc-ola)
ingratus Latin (lat) Thankless. Ungrateful. Unpleasant, disagreeable.
genievre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
gægn Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
agayn Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Again.
dyin Dharuk (xdk) Woman.
ġef Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
juniperus Latin (lat)
gignere Latin (lat)
geniver Middle Dutch (ca. 1050-1350) (dum)
ȝæn Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
yif Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) If.
ongean Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Opposite Against.
*jeniperus Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
genevre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Juniper. Juniper berry or extract from these berries.
ingenium Latin (lat) A man of genius, a genius. Disposition, temper, inclination. Innate or natural quality, natural character; nature. Intelligence, natural capacity. Talent.
engin Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Intelligence. Invention; ingenuity; creativity. Machine; device; contraption. Ruse; trickery; deception.
agen English (eng)
jenever Dutch (nld) Jenever.
genever Dutch (nld)
gin English (eng) (poker) Drawing the best card or combination of cards.. (uncountable) Gin rummy.. A colourless non-aged alcoholic liquor made by distilling fermented grains such as barley, corn, oats or rye with juniper berries; the base for many cocktails. (archaic) To begin (transitive) To remove the seeds from cotton with a cotton gin.. (transitive) To trap something in a gin. (Australia, now considered, [...]
gain English (eng) (obsolete) Against.

Words with the same origin as gain

Descendants of *jabai
gen gin if
Descendants of an-
about again bout whereabouts
Descendants of iuncus
junk junkie junkyard
Descendants of genere
engine engineer engineering genuine gig ingenious
Descendants of gægn
against