beginnen etymology

Middle English word beginnen comes from Proto-Germanic *bi- (By, at; a general locative prefix.), Old English onginnan (To begin. To undertake, attempt.), Dutch ontginnen (To develop.), Proto-Germanic *ginnaną, Old Saxon andginnan (To begin.), Proto-Germanic *ginnaną

Detailed word origin of beginnen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bi- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) By, at; a general locative prefix.
onginnan Old English (ang) To begin. To undertake, attempt.
ontginnen Dutch (nld) To develop.
*ginnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
andginnan Old Saxon (osx) To begin.
*ginnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*biginnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To begin.
beginnan Old English (ang) (rare) to begin.
beginnen Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as beginnen

Descendants of *bi-
bedoven begalewen begirden begraven begreten behoven beknowen belirten belouken bereden beschrewen besinken besitten bi cause bifon bigirden biheveden bilimpen bischilden biseggen biwedden biwesten blinnen buten defilen