leaf etymology

English word leaf comes from Proto-Indo-European *lōwbʰ-, Proto-Indo-European *lew-, and later Proto-Germanic *leubaz (Dear, beloved.)

Detailed word origin of leaf

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*lōwbʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*lew- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to cut, remove, prune, separate, to wash, to cut, to cut, separate, dissolve, to cut away, remove, prune
*leubh- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to love, love
*leubaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Dear, beloved.
*laubą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Leaf.
lēof Old English (ang)
leof Old English (ang) Dear, beloved.
lēaf Old English (ang)
leaf Old English (ang) Leaf. Page.
lef Middle English (enm)
leaf English (eng) (intransitive) To produce leaves; put forth foliage.. (transitive) To divide (a vegetable) into separate leaves. (botany) A foliage leaf or any of the many and often considerably different structures it can specialise into.. (computing, mathematics) In a tree, a node that has no descendants.. (in the plural) Tea leaves.. A moveable panel, e.g. of a bridge or door, originally one that hinged [...]

Words with the same origin as leaf

Descendants of *lōwbʰ-
believable believe believer bizarre blog grotesque leave left lobby lodge lodging log
Descendants of *lew-
leap lefty librarian library lift lifted lifting loaf lock lockdown loft love lovely lover unlock