versus etymology

English word versus comes from Proto-Indo-European *were-, and later Proto-Indo-European *wértti (To be turning around.)

Detailed word origin of versus

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*were- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*werd- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wértti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be turning around.
*wertō Proto-Italic (itc-pro)
verto Latin (lat) I exchange. I retreat. I reverse (transitive). I translate. I turn around. I turn, revolve.
versus English (eng) Used to link two or more opposing or contrasting elements. Bringing a legal action against, as used in the title of a court case in which the first party indicates the plaintiff (or appellant or the like), and the second indicates the defendant (or respondent or the like).. Against, in opposition to.. Compared with, as opposed to.