they etymology

Middle English word they 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 they

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).
they Middle English (enm) Alternative form of thei.

Words with the same origin as they

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