reply etymology

English word reply comes from Latin plica, Latin re-, Latin re (About, regarding, with reference to.)

Detailed word origin of reply

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
plica Latin (lat)
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
re Latin (lat) About, regarding, with reference to.
replico Latin (lat) I think or reflect upon. I turn, fold or bend back. I unroll (a scroll). I unwind (a rope, etc.).
replier Old French (fro)
replien Middle English (enm)
reply English (eng) (intransitive) To act or gesture in response.. (intransitive) To repeat something back; to echo.. (transitive, intransitive) To give a written or spoken response, especially to a question, request, accusation or criticism; to answer. A written or spoken response; part of a conversation.. Something given in reply.

Words with the same origin as reply

Descendants of re-
arrest rain reaction receive recognize record regret relationship relax remain remember remove repeat reputation request rescue research respect responsibility responsible rest return revolution reward ship
Descendants of re
choir