prefer etymology

English word prefer comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) preferer (To prefer. To prioritize.), Anglo-Norman preferer

Detailed word origin of prefer

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
preferer Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To prefer. To prioritize.
preferer Anglo-Norman (xno)
preferren Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
prefer English (eng) (obsolete, transitive) To put forward for acceptance; to introduce, recommend (to). [16th-19thc.]. (transitive) To be in the habit of choosing something rather than something else; to favor; to like better. [from 14thc.]. (transitive) To present or submit (something) to an authority (now usually in "to prefer charges"). [from 16thc.]. (transitive, now, _, dated) To advance, promote (someone [...]

Words with the same origin as prefer

Descendants of preferer