delven etymology

Middle English word delven comes from Proto-Indo-European *dʰelbʰ-, and later Proto-Germanic *delbaną (To dig, hollow out.)

Detailed word origin of delven

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*dʰelbʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to dig
*delbaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To dig, hollow out.
delfan Old English (ang) To dig up, to excavate. To dig, delve.
delven Middle English (enm)