when etymology

English word when comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷi-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷ-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷe-, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) hwænne (When.)

Detailed word origin of when

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷi- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷey Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷís Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Who, what (interrogative). Who, which, that (relative) Which, what.
*hwannē Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hwænne Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) When.
whan Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) When When.
when English (eng) (interrogative) What time; which time (indirect question) Used to refer to doubts about time.. (interrogative) Used to introduce questions about time.. At an earlier and less prosperous time.. Used to introduce indirect questions about time. The time at which something happens. That's enough, a command to stop adding something, especially an ingredient of food or drink. At such time as.. At [...]

Words with the same origin as when

Descendants of *kʷi-
anywhere complete contact cost count country couple court cover either everywhere how however neither right somewhere what where whether which who whom whose why
Descendants of *kʷ-
elsewhere nowhere quality sins weather whenever wherever whoa whoever
Descendants of *kʷe-
college