stert etymology

Middle English word stert comes from English tail, Proto-Indo-European *stere-, Proto-Indo-European *(s)ter-, and later Proto-Germanic *sturtijaną (To fall down; tumble.)

Detailed word origin of stert

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
tail English (eng) (architecture) To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into. (nautical) To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.. (transitive) To follow and observe surreptitiously.. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.. To pull or draw by the tail. (anatomy) The [...]
*stere- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*(s)ter- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) strong, firm, stiff, rigid
tail-end English (eng)
*(s)terd- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*sturtijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To fall down; tumble.
*stertaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Tail.
styrtan Old English (ang)
*styrtan Old English (ang)
steort Old English (ang)
sterten Middle English (enm) To start; to begin.
stert Middle English (enm) Start; beginning.

Words with the same origin as stert

Descendants of tail
start steort stirt stort
Descendants of *stere-
asteorten asterten staren
Descendants of *(s)ter-
strak straken streinen streke streynen striken strok strot strout strouten strut struten sturten styrtan therf thorn þorn þorni þorny