false etymology

Middle English word false comes from English -ify (To produce verbs meaning to make.), Proto-Indo-European *gʰwel-, Proto-Indo-European *bʰāl-, Portuguese fallo, Italian fallo

Detailed word origin of false

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ify English (eng) To produce verbs meaning to make.
*gʰwel- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bʰāl- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
fallo Portuguese (por)
fallo Italian (ita) Compound of imperative of fare and lo. Any member of the Phallus taxonomic genus (sports) foul. Fault, error Phallus.
fallo Latin (lat) I appease, beguile.. I deceive, trick, cheat, disappoint.. I escape the notice of, am unseen.. I mistake, am mistaken, deceive myself.. I swear falsely, perjure.
false English (eng) (logic) Of a state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result.. (music) Out of tune.. Based on factually incorrect premises.. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental.. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous.. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous.. Spurious, artificial.. [...]
falsus Latin (lat) Liar, deceiver.
fals Old English (ang)
false Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as false

Descendants of -ify
fals falshede falsly faulte
Descendants of *gʰwel-