defilen etymology

Middle English word defilen comes from Proto-Germanic *fūlijaną, and later Old English butan (Except for, but, unless Without, except.)

Detailed word origin of defilen

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*fūlijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (transitive) To befoul; make dirty (intransitive) To become foul; rot; decay.
butan Old English (ang) Except for, but, unless Without, except.
befȳlan Old English (ang)
fȳlan Old English (ang)
befylan Old English (ang) To defile, befoul.
befilen Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as defilen

Descendants of *fūlijaną
before beginnen begraven beheten beholden behoten behoven belove beshiten bethenken betinen betynen bewinden bewurchen bi cause biclepen bihefden bihon bilaughen bireaden bisne biwesten biwitien buten fulen