gain etymology

English word gain comes from Proto-Germanic *gaganą, Proto-Germanic *gagin ((+dative) against.. (+dative) towards, in the direction of.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word gain. Currently you are viewing the etymology of gain with the meaning: (Adverb Adjective) (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.. (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.. (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means. (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, [...](dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.. (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.. (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means. (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, [...]

Detailed word origin of gain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gaganą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*gagin Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (+dative) against.. (+dative) towards, in the direction of.
gagn Old Norse (non)
gegnum Old Norse (non)
gægn Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
geyn Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
gain English (eng) (dialectal) Suitably; conveniently; dexterously; moderately.. (dialectal) Tolerably; fairly.. (obsolete) Straightly; quickly; by the nearest way or means. (dialectal) Easy; tolerable; handy, dexterous.. (dialectal) Honest; respectable; moderate; cheap.. (obsolete) Straight, direct; near; short.. (obsolete) Suitable; convenient; ready.

Words with the same origin as gain

Descendants of *gagin
again against gen gin