meat etymology

English word meat comes from Proto-Indo-European *mod-os, Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d-, and later Proto-Germanic *metaną (To measure.)

Detailed word origin of meat

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*mod-os Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*meh₂d- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) wet, liquid, fat, dripping*mōsą, wet, fat, dripping
*metaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To measure.
*mōsą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Food, victuals. Wet food, mush, porridge.
*gamētijaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*matiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Food.
mǣte Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ġemǣte Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
gemæte Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Meet; of suitable dimensions; made to fit.
mete Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Food.
imete Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
meat English (eng) (Australian Aboriginal) A totem, or (by metonymy) a clan or clansman which uses it.. (colloquial) The best or most substantial part of something. [from 16th c.]. (countable) A type of meat, by anatomic position and provenance. [from 16th c.]. (now, archaic) A meal. [from 9th c.]. (now, archaic, dialectal) Food, for animals or humans, especially solid food. See also meat and drink. [from 8th [...]

Words with the same origin as meat

Descendants of *mod-os
mode model moderate modern modest modesty modify module mold mood mould
Descendants of *meh₂d-
meatball meatloaf meet moose moss mush mushy must