he etymology

English word he comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey-, Proto-Indo-European *ḱe, Proto-Indo-European *ki-, and later Proto-Germanic *hiz (This.)

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Detailed word origin of he

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ḱey- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) this, here, this, to lie down, settle; home, family; love; beloved , to lie, settle, to lie with, store, be familiar
*ḱe Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ki- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) This.
Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
he Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) He (masculine nominative singular).
he Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) He (third-person singular masculine subject pronoun).
he English (eng) (AAVE) (personal) A male person or animal already known or implied.. (personal) An animal whose gender is unknown.. (personal, sometimes, _, proscribed, see usage notes) A person whose gender is unknown or irrelevant. (informal) A male person.. (uncountable) The game of tag, or it, in which the player attempting to catch the others is called "he".

Words with the same origin as he

Descendants of *ḱey-
a citizen city civil hello her here him hire his hit hits ho home homeless homer homework id it she shoe who whoa whoever
Descendants of *ḱe
asleep bird college common complete contact correct cost count country court cousin cover enough game man mate mean mind right
Descendants of *ki-
about and because become before begin beginning believe between but by bye for hold holy whole