string etymology

English word string comes from Proto-Indo-European *strengʰ, Proto-Indo-European *strēy-, and later Proto-Germanic *strangiz (String.)

Detailed word origin of string

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*strengʰ Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*strēy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*streng- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) stiff, tight
*strangiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) String.
streng Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) String.
strynge Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
string English (eng) (intransitive) To form into a string or strings, as a substance which is stretched, or people who are moving along, etc.. (transitive) To put (items) on a string.. (transitive) To put strings on (something). (archaic) A fibre, as of a plant; a little fibrous root.. (archaic) A nerve or tendon of an animal body.. (architecture) A stringcourse.. (billiards, pool) The line from behind and over [...]

Words with the same origin as string

Descendants of *strēy-
strand