match etymology

English word match comes from Proto-Indo-European *mag-, Proto-Indo-European *maǵ-yes-, and later Proto-Germanic *makaz (Fit, suitable, agreeable, comfortable.)

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Detailed word origin of match

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*mag- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) great, to knead, press, to knead, mix, make
*maǵ-yes- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*makaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Fit, suitable, agreeable, comfortable.
*makô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) An equal; comrade; mate; match.
ġemaca Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
mache Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
match English (eng) (metalworking) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly embedded when a mould is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mould.. (sports) A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match.. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.. A marriage.. A pair of [...]

Words with the same origin as match

Descendants of *mag-
mack mackerel majestic majesty major make making mason matches mayor remake rematch senior señor señora señorita signor sir sire
Descendants of *maǵ-yes-
headmaster headmistress maestro magistrate magnificent magnitude master mastermind masterpiece may missus mister mistress