thumb drive etymology

English word thumb drive comes from English dictate, English mark, English -phone, Ancient Greek κλάζω

Detailed word origin of thumb drive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dictate English (eng) An order or command. To order, command, control.. To speak in order for someone to write down the words.
mark English (eng) (Australian rules football) A catch of the ball directly from a kick of 10 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick. [from 19th c.]. (archaic) A type of small region or principality. [from 18th c.]. (archaic) Attention, notice. [from 15th c.]. (archaic) Preeminence; high position.. (cooking) A specified level on a scale denoting gas-powered oven [...]
-phone English (eng) A device related to the telephone.. A device that makes a sound.. A speaker of a certain language.. A type of sound.
κλάζω Ancient Greek (grc)
Chiron English (eng) (Greek mythology) an old, wise centaur who served as Achilles' mentor and teacher.. (astronomy, astrology) a centaur (minor planet) and comet-like/asteroid-like object, orbiting between Saturn and Uranus.
thumb drive English (eng) (computing) A small electronic device used to store digital data, more portable and robust than a hard drive.

Words with the same origin as thumb drive

Descendants of dictate
trademark videotape
Descendants of mark
AstroTurf Kango Kevlar REM TM Zip drive boogieboard bulldog clip chyron dictaphone glad wrap jump drive klaxon klaxoning lava lamp pogo stick post-it note punctuation space styrofoam toc emma windbreaker
Descendants of -phone
beth microphone