spread etymology

English word spread comes from Proto-Indo-European *(s)prei-, Proto-Germanic *sprīþaną (To break up, become scattered.)

Detailed word origin of spread

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*(s)prei- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to destroy, scatter, to strew, spread, sprinkle, to strew, sow
*sprīþaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To break up, become scattered.
*spraidijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
sprǣdan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
sprædan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To spread, expand; outspread, stretch forth.
spreden Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) To spread.
spread English (eng) (intransitive) To proliferate; to become more widely present, to be disseminated. [from 13th c.]. (intransitive) To take up a larger area or space; to expand, be extended. [from 14th c.]. (intransitive, slang) To open one’s legs, especially for sexual favours. [from 20th c.]. (transitive) To cover (something) with a thin layer of some substance, as of butter. [from 16th c.]. (transitive) To [...]

Words with the same origin as spread

Descendants of *sprīþaną
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