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You are viewing the etymology of mean meaning: (Verb Verb) (Ireland, UK, _, regional) To lament. (intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind. [from 14th c.]. (transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify. [from 8th c.]. [...](Ireland, UK, _, regional) To lament. (intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind. [from 14th c.]. (transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify. [from 8th c.]. [...]. You may also see other English etymologies of mean.
English word mean comes from Proto-Indo-European *meyn-, Proto-Indo-European *mein-, and later Proto-Germanic *mainijaną (To mean, think.).

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Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*meyn- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to mean, think*mainijaną
*mein- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to think
*mainijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To mean, think.
mǣnan Old English (ang)
mænan Old English (ang) To mean, to intend (to do something). To mean, to intend to indicate or signify (something or someone). To mourn or lament. To say, to relate.
menen Middle English (enm) (reflexive) to conduct oneself or behave (in a certain way). To direct or guide (one's horse or oneself) To advise or admonish or remind (someone of something). To complain of, to lament. To intend, to mean to do something, or that something will be the case; to plan. To intend, to mean to indicate or signify. To lament, to mourn (for). To pity, to comfort. To remember; to recall or bear in [...]
mean English (eng) (Ireland, UK, _, regional) To lament. (intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind. [from 14th c.]. (transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify. [from 8th c.]. (transitive) To be important (to). [from 19th c.]. (transitive) To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea). [from 8th c.]. (transitive) To have conviction in (something said or [...]

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Descendants of *meyn-
meaning moan moon moonlight moonshine