shrink etymology

English word shrink comes from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker-, and later Proto-Germanic *skrinkwaną (To shrink, pull together, shrivel.)

Detailed word origin of shrink

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*(s)ker- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to turn, to bend, to turn, to bend, to turn, bend  , to move, swing, jump, to cut  , twist, turn, bend
*kr̥- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*skrinkwaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To shrink, pull together, shrivel.
sċrincan Old English (ang)
scrincan Old English (ang) To shrink.
shrinken Middle English (enm) To shrink.
shrink English (eng) (intransitive) To become smaller; to contract.. (intransitive) To cower or flinch.. (intransitive) To move back or away, especially because of fear or disgust.. (intransitive, figuratively) To withdraw or retire, as from danger.. (transitive) To cause to become smaller.. (transitive) To draw back; to withdraw. (slang, sometimes, pejorative) A psychiatrist or therapist; a head-shrinker.. [...]