north etymology

English word north comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ner-, Proto-Indo-European *ner-, and later Proto-Germanic *nurþraz (North, northern.)

Detailed word origin of north

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₁ner- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ner- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) left, below, lower, bottom; to sink, shrivel
*h₁nŕ̥t(e)ros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*nurþraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) North, northern.
*nurþrą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) North, northward North, northern.
norþ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) North.
north Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
north English (eng) Toward the north; northward. (colloquial) More or greater than.. (meteorology) Of wind, from the north.. Of or pertaining to the north; northern.. Pertaining to the part of a corridor used by northbound traffic.. Toward the north; northward. (obsolete, intransitive) To turn or move toward the north. (physics) The positive or north pole of a magnet, which seeks the magnetic pole near Earth's [...]

Words with the same origin as north

Descendants of *h₁ner-
christie norman northeast northern northwest