but etymology

Middle English word but comes from Frankish *bōtan (To beat.), Frankish *bautan, Frankish *buttan, Old English utan (From without. On the outside.), Proto-Germanic *biūtą, Old English be-, Proto-Indo-European *bʰed-

Detailed word origin of but

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bōtan Frankish (frk) To beat.
*bautan Frankish (frk)
*buttan Frankish (frk)
utan Old English (ang) From without. On the outside.
*biūtą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
be- Old English (ang) A productive prefix usually used to form verbs and adjectives, especially:.
*bʰed- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bʰudnó- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
būtan Old English (ang)
*buttaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) End; piece Cut off; chopped off; stumpy.
bouter Old French (fro) (reflexive, se bouter) to enter (into). To place; to put. To strike; to hit.
*butt Old English (ang)
byt Old English (ang)
bytt Old English (ang)
botte Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as but

Descendants of *bōtan
boton botoun boute buten butten rabeten
Descendants of utan
aboute outen
Descendants of be-
be west bedoven before begeten begon behoten behoven beleggen belouken bemenen besinken betellen bi- bicaren bicraven bidelven bimournen biqueste bireaden bischadowen bischilden biseggen bisorȝen biwesten
Descendants of *bʰed-
beteren betre better bettre bit bitte bocchen boot boote bot bote boteles botles butte bytte bōte