write etymology

English word write comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂i-h₂uer, Proto-Indo-European *wreyd-, and later Proto-Germanic *wrītaną (To engrave, inscribe, write. To scratch, carve.)

Detailed word origin of write

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*h₂i-h₂uer Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wreyd- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wrey- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to rip, tear
*wrītaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To engrave, inscribe, write. To scratch, carve.
wrītan Old English (ang)
writan Old English (ang) To write.
writen Middle English (enm) Write.
write English (eng) (ambitransitive) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.. (computing, intransitive, with to) To record data mechanically or electronically.. (intransitive) To be an author.. (transitive) To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).. (transitive) To send written information to.. (transitive) To show (information, etc) in written form.. (transitive, South [...]

Words with the same origin as write

Descendants of *wreyd-
convenience convenient convention conventional covenant handwriting inconvenient program rewrite souvenir typewriter venue writ writing