werewolf etymology

English word werewolf comes from Proto-Germanic *wazjaną (To clothe, dress.), Proto-Indo-European *wiHrós (Husband. Man. Warrior, hero.), Proto-Indo-European *h₂i-h₂uer, Proto-Germanic *wazōną (To continue; last. To stay; abide.), Proto-Germanic *wulfaz (Wolf.), Latin lupa ((slang) prostitute. She-wolf.)

Detailed word origin of werewolf

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wazjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To clothe, dress.
*wiHrós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Husband. Man. Warrior, hero.
*h₂i-h₂uer Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wazōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To continue; last. To stay; abide.
*wulfaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wolf.
lupa Latin (lat) (slang) prostitute. She-wolf.
*warjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To thwart, to stop. To ward off, to defend against.
wulf Old English (ang)
*weraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Husband. Man.
werian Old English (ang) To defend, protect To wear.
*werawulfaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wolf-man, werewolf.
wer Old English (ang) (poetic) hero. Husband. Man.
werwulf Old English (ang) Fiend. Werewolf, wolf-man.
werwolf Middle English (enm)
werewolf English (eng) (mythology) A person who is transformed or can transform into a wolf or a wolflike human, often said to transform during a full moon.

Words with the same origin as werewolf

Descendants of *wazjaną
beware hardware hot hotline hottie underwear urge urgency urgent war warehouse warhead warship wartime wary wear weir were weren worried worry worrying wring wrong
Descendants of *wiHrós
underworld virtual virtue virtuous world worldly worldwide
Descendants of *wulfaz
wolf wolverine