besitten etymology

Middle English word besitten comes from Proto-Germanic *sitjaną, Proto-Germanic *bi- (By, at; a general locative prefix.), German sitzen, German be-

Detailed word origin of besitten

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*sitjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*bi- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) By, at; a general locative prefix.
sitzen German (deu) (intransitive) to sit; to perch. (intransitive) to stay (in one place); to remain; to be (in a particular place or state). (intransitive, colloquial) to do time; to spend time in jail. (intransitive, colloquial, of a strike, a comment, etc.) to hit home; to have a significant effect. (intransitive, in certain constructions, e.g. with voller) to be. (intransitive, of clothing) to fit.
be- German (deu) Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies discussing or mentioning the object.. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies touching the object.. Inseparable verbal prefix that signifies working on something or change of state.
sittan Old English (ang) To sit.
*bisitjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To sit among, sit near.
besittan Old English (ang) To sit as the master of, hold, possess.. To sit near; sit about, surround, beset.
besitten Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as besitten

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