ruth etymology

English word ruth comes from English -th, English rue

Detailed word origin of ruth

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-th English (eng) (no longer productive) Forming nouns from adjectives.. (no longer productive) Forming nouns from verbs of action. Used to form the ordinal numeral when the final term of the spelled number is not “first”, “second”, or “third”. (archaic) A variant of -eth, used to form the archaic third-person singular indicative present tense of verbs.
rue English (eng) (archaic, or, dialectal) Pity; compassion.. (archaic, or, dialectal) Sorrow; repentance; regret. (archaic, intransitive) To feel compassion or pity.. (archaic, intransitive) To feel sorrow or regret.. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to feel sorrow or pity.. (obsolete, transitive) To cause to repent of sin or regret some past action.. (transitive) To repent of or regret (some past action or [...]
reowthe Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
ruth English (eng) (archaic) Sorrow for the misery of another; pity, compassion; mercy. [from 13th c.]. (now, _, rare) Repentance; regret; remorse. [from 13th c.]. (obsolete) Something which causes regret or sorrow; a pitiful sight. [13th-17th c.]. (obsolete) Sorrow; misery; distress. [...]

Words with the same origin as ruth

Descendants of -th
growth ruthless stealth warmth width youth youthful