wither etymology

English word wither comes from Proto-Indo-European *weye-, Proto-Indo-European *-tero-, Proto-Indo-European *wi, Proto-Germanic *wiþra-, and later Proto-Germanic *wiþrą ((+accusative) toward, against.)

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Detailed word origin of wither

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*weye- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to drive, to go, seek, crave, hunt, desire, drive
*-tero- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wi Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) apart, away
*wiþra- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*wi- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wit(e)ros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wi-tero- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wiþr- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*wiþrą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (+accusative) toward, against.
wiþer Old English (ang)
wither English (eng) (obsolete, or, chiefly in compounds) Against, in opposition to.

Words with the same origin as wither

Descendants of *weye-
aneurysm regain sins veal veteran weather wide widespread width wit with withdraw without withstand
Descendants of *-tero-
administer administration administrator headmaster headmistress maestro magistrate master mastermind masterpiece minister missus mister mistress