highway etymology

English word highway comes from Old English (ca. 450-1100) heah (High, tall, great, illustrious.), English way, English high, Old English (ca. 450-1100) weġ, Old English (ca. 450-1100) weg (Path; road; way.), Old English (ca. 450-1100) hēah-

Detailed word origin of highway

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
heah Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) High, tall, great, illustrious.
way English (eng) (obsolete) To travel. (US, As the head of an interjectory clause) Acknowledges that a task has been done well, chiefly in expressions of sarcastic congratulation.. (heading) Personal interaction.. (heading) To do with a place or places.. (nautical) Speed, progress, momentum.. (paganism) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of [...]
high English (eng) To hie; to hasten. In a pitch of great frequency.. In or at a great value.. In or to an elevated position. (obsolete) Thought; intention; determination; purpose. (acoustics) Acute or shrill in pitch, due to being of greater frequency, i.e. produced by more rapid vibrations (wave oscillations).. (baseball, of a ball) Above the batter's shoulders.. (card games) Greater in value than other [...]
weġ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
weg Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Path; road; way.
hēah- Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
heahweg Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Main road, road between towns.
hēahweġ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
heiȝwei Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
highway English (eng) (rail) Any public road for vehicular traffic.. A main, direct public road, especially a multi-lane, high speed thoroughfare connecting major population centers.

Words with the same origin as highway

Descendants of heah
hi high highlight highly hijack
Descendants of way
broad broadcast broadcasting
Descendants of weġ
airway always anyway anyways broadway christie doorway driveway freeway gateway halfway hallway railway runway stairway subway way wayward woe