key etymology

Middle English word key comes from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰyóm (Enclosure, hedge.), Latin ago, Proto-Indo-European *kagʰom, Latin co, Latin co- ((intensifier). Together, with.)

Detailed word origin of key

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kagʰyóm Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Enclosure, hedge.
ago Latin (lat) (of offerings) I slay, kill (as a sacrifice). (of plants) I put forth, sprout, extend. (of time) I pass, spend. I accomplish, manage, achieve. I chase, pursue. I discuss, plead, deliberate. I do, act, make, behave. I drive at, pursue (a course of action). I drive, conduct. I guide, govern, administer. I perform, transact. I push, move, impel. I rob, steal, plunder, carry off. I stir up, [...]
*kagʰom Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
co Latin (lat)
co- Latin (lat) (intensifier). Together, with.
*kagyom Proto-Celtic (cel-pro) Pen, enclosure.
cagiíun Gaulish (cel-gau)
cagiíum Gaulish (cel-gau)
*kagyom Gaulish (cel-gau)
coacto Latin (lat) I compel, constrain, force.
caium Latin (lat) (Middle Latin) quay, wharf. (Middle Latin) storehouse, shop, workshop.
coagulum Latin (lat) Curd. Rennet. Thickening, congealing. Tie, bond, binding agent.
cail Old French (fro) Quay; wharf.
key, keye Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as key

Descendants of *kagʰyóm
cay hache hagge hegge kay kaye keye
Descendants of ago
accion actif actual actuel aleggen aleyen ambiguite chastien combren embatailen empoverishen enacten enbatelen encombraunce endetten endouen endowen engagen enquery envyned grace impoverishen purgen qwaylen
Descendants of *kagʰom
Descendants of co
cacchen quaylen
Descendants of co-
acointen aqueinten cognicion cop copie coppe copy coverchief covercle coveren cuppe