thei etymology

Middle English word thei comes from Proto-Indo-European *-h₂, Proto-Indo-European *-r, Proto-Indo-European *-no, Proto-Germanic - r, and later Proto-Germanic *þar ((demonstrative) there, in that place.)

Detailed word origin of thei

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*-h₂ Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Creates collective nouns, which refer to groups or sets of things.
*-r Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*-no Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
- r Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*tód Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*þōz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*tar- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*þar Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (demonstrative) there, in that place.
þær Old Norse (non) They, them (third-person nominative and accusative plural feminine personal pronoun). Those (nominative and accusative plural feminine demonstrative pronoun).
thei Middle English (enm) They.

Words with the same origin as thei

Descendants of *-h₂
-e forthi sone sonn soone tha than thanen thanne thar thare tharmid thas that then ther there therwith tho thormid thos thous thus þat
Descendants of *-r
heer her her-for here hire hiren hirne hyre hær thermid they thore
Descendants of - r
quher wher yondre ȝendre ȝondre