heel etymology

Middle English word heel comes from Proto-Indo-European *kenk, Proto-Germanic *-ilaz (Diminutive suffix.), Proto-Germanic - ilaz

Detailed word origin of heel

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kenk Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*-ilaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Diminutive suffix.
- ilaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*hanhaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (anatomy) heel.
*hanhilaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Heel (of the foot).
hela Old English (ang) Heel (of the foot).
hēla Old English (ang)
hǣla Old English (ang)
hele Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as heel

Descendants of *kenk
hele ho hoch hocke hough houȝ houȝsenues hoȝ
Descendants of *-ilaz
-el -le -ling chesel chesil chisel dereling iceyokel ikil jombren jumbelen jumbren jumpen jumpren kechel thimbil thimel thimle werpling ykle
Descendants of - ilaz
bedel bidel bridel brydel budel bylet gerdel girdel gurdel knokylle lit lite lut lutil lyt lyte snaile snawile snayle snele wimpel