it etymology

English word it comes from Proto-Indo-European *ḱey-, Proto-Indo-European *ki-, Proto-Indo-European *k'ey-, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) hit (It.)

Detailed word origin of it

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ḱey- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) this, here, this, to lie down, settle; home, family; love; beloved , to lie, settle, to lie with, store, be familiar
*ki- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*k'ey- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hes Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*it Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hit Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) It.
hit Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) It.
it English (eng) (obsolete) its (British, uncountable) The game of tag.. (euphemism) sexual activity. (uncountable) sex appeal, especially that which goes beyond beauty.. One who is neither a he nor a she; a creature; a dehumanized being.. The person who chases and tries to catch the other players in the playground game of tag. (colloquial) most fashionable. (obsolete) Followed by an omitted and understood [...]

Words with the same origin as it

Descendants of *ḱey-
a citizen city civil he hello her here him hire his hit hits ho home homeless homer homework id she shoe who whoa whoever
Descendants of *ki-
about and because become before begin beginning believe between but by bye for hold holy whole
Descendants of *k'ey-
damnit hitman