wisdom etymology

English word wisdom comes from Proto-Germanic *wīsaz (wise, knowledgeable) together with Proto-Germanic - dōmaz (suffix used to refer to qualities)

Detailed word origin of wisdom

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wīsaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wise, knowledgeable.
dōm Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
- dōmaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
wīs Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*wīsadōmaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Wise judgement, wisdom.
wisdom Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Wisdom.
wīsdōm Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
wisdom Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Wisdom.
wisdom English (eng) (countable) A piece of wise advice.. (theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.. (uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.. The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.. The ability to make a decision based on the [...]

Words with the same origin as wisdom

Descendants of *wīsaz
righteous righteousness wise wisely wizard
Descendants of dōm
boredom doom doomsday freedom kingdom