massive etymology

English word massive comes from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂ǵ-, and later Latin massa (Dough. Load, burden. Lump. Mass, bulk (of material).)

Detailed word origin of massive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*meh₂ǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
μάσσω Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
μᾶζα Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc)
massa Latin (lat) Dough. Load, burden. Lump. Mass, bulk (of material).
massif Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
massive English (eng) (colloquial, informal, Ireland) outstanding, beautiful. (informal) To a very great extent; total, utter.. (mineralogy) Not exhibiting crystal form.. (physics) (of a particle) Possessing mass.. Much larger than normal.. Of great significance or import; overwhelming.. Of or pertaining to a large mass; weighty, heavy, or bulky.. Of particularly exceptional quality or value; awesome. [...]

Words with the same origin as massive

Descendants of *meh₂ǵ-
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