speech etymology

English word speech comes from Proto-Indo-European *pereg-, Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg-, and later Proto-Germanic *sprekaną (To speak, to make a noise.)

Detailed word origin of speech

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*pereg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*(s)pereg- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to be quick, twitch, sprinkle, splash, to strew, jerk, sprinkle, scatter, to shrug, be quick, twitch, splash, blast, to twitch, flip, shoot, splash, make a sound
*sprekaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To speak, to make a noise.
*sprēkō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Speech, language.
sprǣċ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
spræc Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Language. Speech.
speche Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
speech English (eng) (countable) A session of speaking; a long oral message given publicly usually by one person.. (grammar) Speech reported in writing; see direct speech, reported speech. (uncountable) The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the ability to speak or to use vocalizations to communicate.. A dialect or language.. A style of speaking.. Talk; mention; rumour. (transitive, intransitive) To [...]

Words with the same origin as speech

Descendants of *pereg-
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