still etymology

English word still comes from Proto-Germanic *stillijaną ((transitive) to make still, quiet.)

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Detailed word origin of still

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*stillijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (transitive) to make still, quiet.
stillan Old English (ang) (intransitive) become calm, abate, subside. (transitive) calm, pacify, assuage (+ dative or accusative).
still English (eng) To calm down, to quiet.