lake etymology

English word lake comes from Proto-Indo-European *(s)leh₂gʷ-, New Latin logarithmus, Proto-Indo-European *leyg-, Proto-Germanic *laiko-, and later Proto-Germanic *lakaną (Linen; cloth; sheet.)

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Detailed word origin of lake

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*(s)leh₂gʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
logarithmus New Latin (la-new)
*leyg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*laiko- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*lakaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Linen; cloth; sheet.
*leǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to collect, to speak, to leak
*lacen Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*laikaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*lekaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (intransitive) To leak; seep; drip.
lāc Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
lac Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Battle, strife. Gift, offering, sacrifice, booty; message. Play, sport.
*lakiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
lacu Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Expanse of water, lake. Pool, pond. Stream, watercourse.
lac Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
lake English (eng) (obsolete) A kind of fine, white linen.

Words with the same origin as lake

Descendants of logarithmus
colleague collect collected collecting collection college dignity election elegant elite illegal intelligent leak legacy legal legend legendary legitimate lesson log loyalty privilege religion religious
Descendants of *leyg-
alike dislike freely ghostly heavenly kindly lai lay leech like multiply nightly only supply ugly unlike