wire etymology

English word wire comes from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁y-, and later Proto-Germanic *wīraz (Wire.)

Detailed word origin of wire

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*weh₁y- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*weh₁iros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wīraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wire.
wir Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Wire.
wīr Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
wyr Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
wire English (eng) (informal) To send a message or a money value to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominantly by telegraph.. (slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.. (transitive, croquet) To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.. To add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something.. To equip [...]

Words with the same origin as wire

Descendants of *weh₁y-
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