rocket etymology

English word rocket comes from Proto-Indo-European *ruk-, Crimean Tatar rocca, and later Proto-Germanic *rukkô (Spinning wheel, distaff.)

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Detailed word origin of rocket

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ruk- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
rocca Crimean Tatar (crh)
*rukkô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Spinning wheel, distaff.
*rocco Lombardic (Lombardic)
rocko Lombardic (lng)
rukka Gothic (got)
rocca Italian (ita) Distaff (a staff with flax fibres tied loosely to it) Fortress, stronghold. Rock.
rochetto Old Italian (it-oit)
rochetto Italian (ita)
rocchetta Italian (ita)
rocket English (eng) (figurative) Something that shoots high in the air.. (military) A non-guided missile propelled by a rocket engine.. (military, _, slang) An angry communication (such as a letter or telegram) to a subordinate.. (slang) An ace (the playing card).. A blunt lance head used in jousting.. A rocket engine.. A rocket propelled firework, a skyrocket. A vehicle propelled by a rocket engine. To [...]

Words with the same origin as rocket

Descendants of *ruk-
retro rock rocky rook