health etymology

English word health comes Proto-Indo-European *kóylos (whole, complete), and later Proto-Germanic *hailaz (Entire, whole, complete. Healthy, sound. Whole, unbroken, intact.) which together with the Proto-Germanic participle iþō (denoting a quality) produced *hailiþō (wholeness, health) and eventually health

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word health. Currently you are viewing the etymology of health with the meaning: (Noun) (countable) A toast to prosperity. [from 17th c.]. (obsolete) Cure, remedy. [11th-16th c.]. A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall [...](countable) A toast to prosperity. [from 17th c.]. (obsolete) Cure, remedy. [11th-16th c.]. A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall [...]

Detailed word origin of health

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kóh₂ilus Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*koil- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kóylos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) healthy, whole
*koyl- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kóh₂ilos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
- iþō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*hailaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Entire, complete. Healthy, sound. Whole, unbroken, intact.
*hailiþō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wholeness; health.
hǣlþ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
hælþ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Health.
helthe Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Health.
health English (eng) (countable) A toast to prosperity. [from 17th c.]. (obsolete) Cure, remedy. [11th-16th c.]. A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.. Physical condition.. The state of being free from physical or psychological disease, illness, or [...]

Words with the same origin as health

Descendants of *kóh₂ilus
arsehole ditch hail hale halibut hallowed heal healthy heil hold hole holiness holly holy shithole unholy whole wholesale wholesome wormhole
Descendants of - iþō
betrothed depth filth filthy length strength strengthen strengths theft truth truthful warmth width wrath