point etymology

English word point comes from Proto-Italic *pungō (To prick, to sting.)

Detailed word origin of point

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*pungō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To prick, to sting.
pungo Latin (lat) I prick, puncture, sting.
punctus Latin (lat) (Late Latin, New Latin, ;, also, _, mathematics) point.
point Old French (fro) (with ne) not (indicates negation). A little (on a die) dot. A sting; a prick. Moment; time. Small amount.
point Middle English (enm)
point English (eng) (UK) A unit of measure for rain, equal to 0.254 mm or 0.01 of an inch.. (UK) An electric power socket. [from 20th c.]. (US, slang, dated) An item of private information; a hint; a tip; a pointer.. (archaic) Condition, state. [from 13th c.]. (backgammon) Each of the twelve triangular positions in either table of a backgammon board, on which the stones are played. [from 15th c.]. (baseball) [...]

Words with the same origin as point

Descendants of *pungō
appoint checkpoint gunpoint pin pinball pinch pinpoint pointed pointing pointless pointy punch