whose etymology

English word whose comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷey, Proto-Indo-European *kʷís, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) hwæs ((whose).)

Detailed word origin of whose

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷey 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)
hwæs Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) (whose).
whos Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
whose English (eng) (interrogative) Of whom, belonging to whom.. (relative) Of which, belonging to which.. (relative) Of whom, belonging to whom. (interrogative) Of whom, belonging to whom.. (relative, rare) Of whom, belonging to whom.

Words with the same origin as whose

Descendants of *kʷey
wai why
Descendants of *kʷís
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