primitive etymology

English word primitive comes from Proto-Germanic *feraną, Proto-Italic *pri, Proto-Italic - isemos, and later Proto-Italic *priisemos (Foremost, first.)

Detailed word origin of primitive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*feraną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*pri Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
- isemos Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
*prē- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*priisemos Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Foremost, first.
prismos Latin (lat)
prima Latin (lat)
primitivus Latin (lat) Primitive (first of its kind).
primitif Old French (fro)
primitive English (eng) (Can we clean up([ +]) this sense?) Crude, obsolete.. (biology) Occurring in or characteristic of an early stage of development or evolution.. (grammar) Original; primary; radical; not derived.. (maths) Not derived from another of the same type. Of or [...]

Words with the same origin as primitive

Descendants of *feraną
airport experience far farm fear firm for free further opportunity pair per perfect prepare press pressure prime prince process project promise proof protect prove support
Descendants of *pri
Descendants of - isemos
primary principle pristine