informant etymology

English word informant comes from Latin formo (I shape, form, fashion, format.)

Detailed word origin of informant

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
formo Latin (lat) I shape, form, fashion, format.
informare Latin (lat)
informans Latin (lat)
informant English (eng) (linguistics) A native speaker who acts as a linguistic reference for a language being studied. The informant demonstrates native pronunciation, provides grammaticality judgments regarding linguistic well-formedness, and may also explain cultural references and other important contextual information.. One who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer.

Words with the same origin as informant

Descendants of formo
form format formation former inform information informed