whether etymology

English word whether comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷ-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷe-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷo-, Proto-Indo-European *-teros (Contrastive or oppositional adjectival suffix.)

Detailed word origin of whether

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*-teros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Contrastive or oppositional adjectival suffix.
*kʷód, kʷod Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷís Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Who, what (interrogative). Who, which, that (relative) Which, what.
*hwat Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*kʷóteros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Which of two.
*hwaþeraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (interrogative) which, what (of two).
hwæþer Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Which (of the two).
whether English (eng) (obsolete) Introducing a direct interrogative question (often with correlative or) which indicates doubt between alternatives.. Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence (with correlative or).. Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities (usually with correlative or).. Without [...]

Words with the same origin as whether

Descendants of *kʷ-
anywhere either elsewhere everywhere how however neither nowhere quality sins somewhere weather what when whenever where wherever which who whoa whoever whom whose why
Descendants of *kʷe-
college complete contact count country couple court cover right
Descendants of *kʷo-
qualify whereabouts whereas
Descendants of *-teros
administration administrative administrator after afterlife afternoon afterward afterwards headmaster hysterical maestro master mastermind masterpiece minister ministry missus mister mistress neutral rendezvous ultra