hole etymology

English word hole comes from Old English hol (orifice, cavity, hollow place), which comes from Proto-Germanic *hulaz (hollow), which itself is of uncertain etymology

Detailed word origin of hole

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*hulaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Hollow.
*hulą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A hollow; depression; hole.
hol Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) A hole, a hollow Calumny; slander.
hol Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
hole English (eng) (intransitive) To go into a hole.. (transitive) To cut, dig, or bore a hole or holes in.. (transitive) To drive into a hole, as an animal, or a billiard ball or golf ball.. (transitive) To make holes in (an object or surface).. (transitive, by extension) To destroy. (Ireland, Scotland, idiomatic, particularly in the phrase "get one's hole") Sex, or a sex partner.. (archaeology, slang) An [...]

Words with the same origin as hole

Descendants of *kóh₂ilus
arsehole ditch hail hale halibut hallowed heal health healthy heil hold holiness holly holy shithole unholy whole wholesale wholesome wormhole
Descendants of *kuH-
holler hollow