where etymology

English word where comes from Proto-Germanic *hwaz, Proto-Indo-European *kʷi-, Proto-Germanic - r, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) hwær (Where.)

Detailed word origin of where

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*hwaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (interrogative) who, what. (interrogative, in dative) whom. (interrogative, in genitive) whose. (interrogative, in instrumental) with whom, with what, how, in what way.
*kʷi- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
- r Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*hwēr Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hwær Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Where.
hwǣr Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
quher Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
where English (eng) (legal) In a position, case, etc., in which.. At or in which place or situation.. To which place or situation.. Wherever.. While on the contrary; although; whereas. The place in which something happens. The place in which. In what situation.. Interrogative adverb, used in either a direct or indirect question: at what place; to what place; what place.. With the preposition from.

Words with the same origin as where

Descendants of *hwaz
anyhow anywhere elsewhere everywhere hoo how however nowhere somewhat somewhere wai what whatnot whatsoever whereabouts whereas wherever which whichever who whoa whoever why wo
Descendants of *kʷi-
complete contact cost count country couple court cover either neither right when whether whom whose
Descendants of - r
der haircut hairdresser hairy her here hereafter hereby hire hyah that the'e there thereby they yonder