sound etymology

English word sound comes from Proto-Indo-European *swem-, Proto-Indo-European *swem(bʰ)-, Proto-Indo-European *sm̥tóm, Proto-Indo-European *swembʰ-, Proto-Indo-European *swentos, and later Proto-Germanic *sundaz (Healthy.)

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Detailed word origin of sound

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*swem- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*swem(bʰ)- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*sm̥tóm Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*swembʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*swentos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*swumdan Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*sundaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Healthy.
gesund Old English (ang) Healthy.
*sund Old English (ang)
*sundą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Sound, strait. Swimming.
ġesund Old English (ang)
ȝesund Middle English (enm)
sound English (eng) (British, slang) Yes; used to show agreement or understanding, generally without much enthusiasm. Soundly. (British, slang) Good; acceptable; decent.. (mathematics, logic) Having the property of soundness.. (of sleep) Quiet and deep. Sound asleep means sleeping peacefully, often deeply.. Complete, solid, or secure.. Founded in law; legal; valid; not defective.. Healthy.. Heavy; laid on with force.

Words with the same origin as sound

Descendants of *swem-
sounding soundtrack ultrasound