ginger etymology

English word ginger comes from English beer, English ginger, Proto-Indo-European *terkʷ-, and later Proto-Germanic *þwerhaz (Cross, adverse.)

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Detailed word origin of ginger

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
beer English (eng) (informal, transitive) To give beer to (someone) (countable) A glass, bottle, or can of any of the above beverages.. (countable) A variety of the above beverages.. (uncountable) A fermented extract of the roots and other parts of various plants, as spruce, ginger, sassafras, etc.. (uncountable) A solution produced by steeping plant materials in water or another fluid.. (uncountable) An [...]
ginger English (eng) (colloquial, often, _, derogatory, countable) A person with reddish-brown hair; a redhead.. (colloquial, uncountable) Vitality, vigour, liveliness (of character).. A reddish-brown color.. Other species belonging to the same family, Zingiberaceae, especially those of the genus Zingiber. The plant that produces this rhizome.. The pungent aromatic rhizome of a tropical Asian herb, Zingiber [...]
*terkʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to turn
*þwerhaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Cross, adverse.
thwerh Old Saxon (osx) Bent, crooked. Contrary, against.
queer Middle Low German (gml)
intersex English (eng) (biology, zoology) An individual with any of these conditions.. Any of a variety of conditions (in a dioecious species) whereby an individual has male and female sex characteristics; the state of having the physical features of both sexes; intersexuality. (of an individual) Having characteristics of both male and female sexes.
ginger English (eng) (UK, Cockney rhyming slang) A homosexual. (UK, Cockney rhyming slang) Homosexual.

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