leven etymology

Middle English word leven comes from Proto-Indo-European *ley-, Proto-Indo-European *lew-, Proto-Indo-European *lōwbʰ-, Old English liefan, and later Proto-Germanic *lībaną (To remain, to be left.)

Detailed word origin of leven

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*ley- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to be slippery, glide, streak, to avoid, elude, decline, shrink away from, recede, to elude, avoid, shrink from
*lew- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to cut, remove, prune, separate, to wash, to cut, to cut, separate, dissolve, to cut away, remove, prune
*lōwbʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
liefan Old English (ang) (transitive) to believe; trust; confide in. (transitive) to give leave; grant; allow; consent (intransitive) to be dear or pleasant; delight.
*leyp- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*lewbʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to peel, break off, damage, love
*lībaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To remain, to be left.
*leubaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Dear, beloved.
lǣfan Old English (ang)
læfan Old English (ang) To leave.
*laubō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
lēof Old English (ang)
leof Old English (ang) Dear, beloved.
*laubijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To allow. To praise.
līefan Old English (ang)
leve Middle English (enm) Leave.
leven Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as leven

Descendants of *ley-
blinnen lad laf laft lath lave ledande lede leden ledere ledynge leed left lif lifly lithen liven loave lof lofe loth love lyf lyfles lyvely
Descendants of *lew-
cheslippe continuel leef lef lefte leoflich leofman leve libbe librarie lifte lofte lofti lovien lowk lowken lufli luft luken luvewende lyften
Descendants of *lōwbʰ-
lefull lever logge