maw etymology

English word maw comes from Proto-Indo-European *-tḗr, and later Proto-Germanic *mōdēr (Mother.)

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Detailed word origin of maw

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*-tḗr Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Derives agent nouns from verbs, denoting someone or something whose role or purpose it is to perform the verb's action.
*mh₂tros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mōdēr Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Mother.
mōdor Old English (ang)
modor Old English (ang) Mother.
moder Middle English (enm) Mother.
mother English (eng) A stringy, mucilaginous or film- or membrane-like substance (consisting of acetobacters) which develops in fermenting alcoholic liquids (such as wine, or cider), and turns the alcohol into acetic acid with the help of oxygen from the air. (intransitive, of an alcohol) To develop mother.. (transitive) To cause to contain . (figuratively) A female ancestor.. (figuratively) A source or origin.. [...]
maw English (eng) (dialect, colloquial) Mother.

Words with the same origin as maw

Descendants of *-tḗr
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