wat etymology

English word wat comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷ-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷís, Proto-Indo-European *kʷh₁do-, and later Proto-Germanic *hwataz (Quick, sharp, brave.)

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Detailed word origin of wat

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷís Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Who, what (interrogative). Who, which, that (relative) Which, what.
*kʷh₁do- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷey Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hwataz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Quick, sharp, brave.
*hwat Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hwā Old English (ang)
hwa Old English (ang) Anyone. Who.
hwæt Old English (ang) Anything. What Now, indeed What!, listen!, hark!, lo!.
huo Middle English (enm)
what Middle English (enm)
what English (eng) (countable) Something that is addressed by what, as opposed to a person, addressed by who.. (countable) The identity of a thing, as an answer to a question of what.. (obsolete, uncountable) Something; thing; stuff. (British, colloquial, dated) ?. An expression of surprise or disbelief.. Response that enquires what the asker desires (usually said unhappily).. What did you say? I beg your [...]
wat English (eng) (Singlish) Used to contradict an underlying assumption held by the interlocutor.

Words with the same origin as wat

Descendants of *kʷ-
anywhere either elsewhere everywhere how however neither nowhere quality sins somewhere weather what when whenever where wherever whether which who whoa whoever whom whose why
Descendants of *kʷís
college complete contact count country couple court cover right
Descendants of *kʷh₁do-
anyhow hoo somewhat whatnot whatsoever