child etymology

Middle English word child comes from Proto-Indo-European *gʷel-, Proto-Indo-European *g(')elt-, and later Proto-Germanic *kelþaz (Fetus (child in the womb). Newborn; infant; child.)

Detailed word origin of child

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gʷel- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*g(')elt- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ǵelt- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kelþaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Fetus (child in the womb). Newborn; infant; child.
ċild Old English (ang)
cild Old English (ang) A baby, (especially) a female baby. A child. A child in the womb: a fetus.
child Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as child

Descendants of *gʷel-
Cleyton calen calver chalf chel claw clenliche clete cleven clevien clingen clod clodde clot clough clyte col coldnesse colt cool coul jaunis joll kelf
Descendants of *g(')elt-
childlich stepchild