midwife etymology

English word midwife comes from Old English mid (With.), Old English wīf

Detailed word origin of midwife

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
mid Old English (ang) With.
wīf Old English (ang)
midwife English (eng) (transitive) To act as a midwife. (transitive, figuratively) to facilitate the emergence of (rare, figuratively) Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project.. A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician.

Words with the same origin as midwife

Descendants of wīf
goody housewife wife woman women