head etymology

English word head comes from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kayt-, Proto-Indo-European *(s)kāi-, Proto-Indo-European *káput-, Proto-Indo-European *kadʰ-, Proto-Indo-European *kapōlo, and later Proto-Germanic *haidraz (Clear, bright.)

Detailed word origin of head

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*(s)kayt- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*(s)kāi- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) light, bright, shining
*káput- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kadʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kapōlo Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*xauda Scythian (xsc)
*kaput Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*káput Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*haidraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Clear, bright.
*hōdaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Shelter; cover; hood.
hād Old English (ang)
hōd Old English (ang)
*haubudą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Head.
heafod Old English (ang) (anatomy) head. Hair (of the head). Headman; master, chief.
hēafod Old English (ang)
hod Middle English (enm)
head English (eng) (British) A headland.. (British, geology) Deposits near the top of a geological succession.. (animals) To do with heads.. (countable) The part of the body of an animal or human which contains the brain, mouth, and main sense organs.. (countable) The principal operative part of a machine or tool.. (countable) The topmost, foremost, or leading part.. (engineering) The end cap of a [...]

Words with the same origin as head

Descendants of *káput-
ahead dickhead forehead headache headed heading headless headlights headline headmaster headmistress headphones headquarters heads mutt overhead redhead shithead skunk warhead
Descendants of *kadʰ-
hat heed hood hot hotshot hotter hottie
Descendants of *kapōlo
achieve cabbage cadet cap cape capital captain cattle chapter chef chief handkerchief