sound etymology

English word sound comes from Old English sundlīne, Proto-Indo-European *swem-, Proto-Indo-European *swem(bʰ)-, Proto-Indo-European *sm̥tóm, Proto-Indo-European *swembʰ-, and later Proto-Germanic *sundą (Sound, strait. Swimming.)

You can also see our other etymologies for the English word sound. Currently you are viewing the etymology of sound with the meaning: (Noun Verb Noun) (medicine) An instrument for probing or dilating; a sonde. (intransitive) Dive downwards, used of a whale.. (medicine) To examine with the instrument called a sound or sonde, or by auscultation [...](medicine) An instrument for probing or dilating; a sonde. (intransitive) Dive downwards, used of a whale.. (medicine) To examine with the instrument called a sound or sonde, or by auscultation [...]

Detailed word origin of sound

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
sundlīne Old English (ang)
*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)
*sundą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Sound, strait. Swimming.
sonde Old French (fro)
sonder Old French (fro)
sounden Middle English (enm)
sound English (eng) (medicine) An instrument for probing or dilating; a sonde. (intransitive) Dive downwards, used of a whale.. (medicine) To examine with the instrument called a sound or sonde, or by auscultation or percussion.. Test; ascertain the depth of water with a sounding line or other device.. To ascertain, or try to ascertain, the thoughts, motives, and purposes of (a person); to examine; to try; to [...]

Words with the same origin as sound

Descendants of *swem-
sounding soundtrack ultrasound