wit etymology

English word wit comes from Proto-Germanic *wiþrą ((+accusative) toward, against.), Proto-Germanic *wiþr-, Proto-Indo-European *wéh₁itis (Branch, switch. That which twines or bends.)

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Detailed word origin of wit

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wiþrą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (+accusative) toward, against.
*wiþr- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*wéh₁itis Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Branch, switch. That which twines or bends.
*wiþjǭ Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Cord, rope, thong.
wiþer Old English (ang)
wiþþe Old English (ang) Tie, band.
wiþ Old English (ang) Against, opposite. Along, towards. With With it; together; therewith.
withthe Middle English (enm)
wiþ Middle English (enm) With.
with English (eng) (obsolete) To denote the accomplishment of cause, means, instrument, etc; – sometimes equivalent to by.. (obsolete) Using as nourishment; more recently replaced by on.. Against.. Having, owning.. In addition to; as an accessory to.. In support of.. In the company of; alongside, close to; near to.. Used to indicate simultaneous happening, or immediate succession or consequence.. Using as an [...]
wit English (eng) (Southern American English).

Words with the same origin as wit

Descendants of *wiþrą
aneurysm sins veal veteran weather with withdraw wither without withstand
Descendants of *wéh₁itis
advise advisor vice