beholden etymology

Middle English word beholden comes from Proto-Germanic *haldaną, Proto-Germanic *bi- (By, at; a general locative prefix.), Old English healdan

Detailed word origin of beholden

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*haldaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*bi- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) By, at; a general locative prefix.
healdan Old English (ang) (intransitive) to maintain one’s position against an enemy. To contain. To hold fast, to grasp. To keep watch over (cattle etc.). To possess.
*bihaldaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To keep.
behealdan Old English (ang) To do, perform. To hold, occupy, retain. To look upon, behold.
beholden Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as beholden

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
Descendants of healdan
anhealden forhealden forholden holden