owe etymology

English word owe comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eyḱ-, Proto-Indo-European *eik-, and later Proto-Germanic *aiganą (To possess, to own, to have.)

Detailed word origin of owe

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂eyḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*eik- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) possession, ability
*aiganą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To possess, to own, to have.
*aiganaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Own.
āgan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ǣġen Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
agen Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Own Again, eft, back Against, contra Again, anew.
aȝen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
owe English (eng) To be under an obligation to give something back to someone or to perform some action for someone.. To have debt, to be in debt.

Words with the same origin as owe

Descendants of *h₂eyḱ-
eight eighty freight freighter ought own ownership