cliven etymology

Middle English word cliven comes from Proto-Indo-European *gle-, Proto-Indo-European *glewbʰ-, and later Proto-Germanic *kleubaną (To split, to cleave.)

Detailed word origin of cliven

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gle- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*glewbʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to split, separate, cleave, to split
*gley- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to stick, smudge, to stick
*kleubaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To split, to cleave.
*gleybʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
klufða Old Norse (non)
*klībaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To stick, cling to.
clīfan Old English (ang)
cliven Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as cliven

Descendants of *gle-
clough clow
Descendants of *glewbʰ-
cleove cleve clift forcleven