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: (Noun Verb) (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.. The act of gaining; acquisition.. What is gained. (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.. (intransitive) [...](electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.. The act of gaining; acquisition.. What is gained. (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.. (intransitive) [...]

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) (electronics) The factor by which a signal is multiplied.. The act of gaining; acquisition.. What is gained. (intransitive) To be more likely to catch or overtake an individual.. (intransitive) To have or receive advantage or profit; to acquire gain; to grow rich; to advance in interest, health, or happiness; to make progress.. (intransitive) To put on weight.. (of a clock or watch) To run [...]

Words with the same origin as gain

Descendants of *gagin
again against gen gin