leash etymology

English word leash comes from Middle English leas, Old English leas, Old English liesan (To set free, redeem, release.), Old English lesan (To gather, collect.), Middle English lesen, French laisser, Middle English lesewe

Detailed word origin of leash

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
leas Middle English (enm)
leas Old English (ang) Falsehood, lie. Mistake Bereft of; without. Devoid of, free from. False, untrue.
liesan Old English (ang) To set free, redeem, release.
lesan Old English (ang) To gather, collect.
lesen Middle English (enm)
laisser French (fra) (reflexive, se laisser) to allow oneself, to let oneself. (transitive) to forget, to leave alone. (transitive) to leave with, to give. (transitive) to leave, to leave behind. (transitive) to let, to allow.
lesewe Middle English (enm)
lease English (eng) Falsehood; a lie The place at which the warp-threads cross on a loom. (intransitive, chiefly dialectal) to glean, gather up leavings.. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) to gather.. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) to glean.. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) to pick, select, pick out; to pick up. A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a [...]
lesshe Middle English (enm)
leash English (eng) (figuratively) to curb, restrain. To fasten or secure with a leash. (surfing) A leg rope.. A brace and a half; a tierce.. A set of three; three creatures of any kind, especially greyhounds, foxes, bucks, and hares; hence, the number three in general.. A strap, cord or rope with which to restrain an animal, often a dog.. A string with a loop at the end for lifting warp threads, in a loom.

Words with the same origin as leash

Descendants of leas
breathless clueless countless defenseless fearless flawless hopeless meaningless merciless needless penniless pointless priceless regardless relentless ruthless selfless senseless sleepless thoughtless timeless toothless topless useless wireless
Descendants of leas
Descendants of liesan
lease release