liken etymology

Middle English word liken comes from Proto-Indo-European *leig-, Proto-Indo-European *leiĝ-, and later Proto-Germanic *līką (Body. Corpse, dead body.)

Detailed word origin of liken

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*leig- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*leiĝ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*līką Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Body. Corpse, dead body.
*-līkaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) -like, -ly. Forms adjectives from nouns and adjectives with the sense of 'similar to, characteristic of'.
*līkijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To conform, to be of an agreeable kind. To please, to be pleasing (to +dative).
līcian Old English (ang)
lician Old English (ang) To like. To please; to conform to (someone's wishes). To suffice, be sufficient.
liken Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as liken

Descendants of *leig-
-lac -lich accidently certeinly clanly cumly edlesienlīch faderlich falsly godliche houndli kyndeliche leiken leyken lichame louerdlich lyfly lyken pleynly scheomelich selfly wedlak wedlok wunderlice wurthlich
Descendants of *leiĝ-
drobli droflic eroþliche freelich frely gastliche habundauntly inly lik likame lyche poverly sonderli sunneliche trewely verraily waterly