software etymology

English word software comes from English soft

Detailed word origin of software

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
soft English (eng) A soft or foolish person; an idiot. (UK, colloquial) Foolish.. (UK, of a man) Effeminate.. (linguistics) Voiced; sonant.. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized. (linguistics, rare) voiceless. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.. (of a sound) Quiet.. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.. (of water) Low in dissolved calcium [...]
software English (eng) (computing) Encoded computer instructions, usually modifiable (unless stored in some form of unalterable memory such as ROM).
-ware English (eng) Used to form nouns denoting, collectively, items made from a particular substance.. Used to form nouns denoting, collectively, items of a particular kind or for a particular use. Used to form mass nouns denoting specific classes of computer software, based on use, function, or method of distribution.

Words with the same origin as software

Descendants of soft
hardware silverware