slaughter etymology

English word slaughter comes from Proto-Indo-European *slak-, and later Proto-Germanic *slahaną (To hit, to strike. To kill.)

Detailed word origin of slaughter

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*slak- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to beat, pound, to hit, hammer, to hit, throw
*slahtō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*slahaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To hit, to strike. To kill.
*slahtrą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
slátr Old Norse (non)
slaughter English (eng) (uncountable) The killing of animals, generally for food; ritual slaughter (kosher and halal).. A massacre; the killing of a large number of people.. A rout or decisive defeat. (transitive) To butcher animals, generally for food. (transitive) To kill in a particularly brutal manner. (transitive) To massacre people in large numbers.

Words with the same origin as slaughter

Descendants of *slak-
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