whether etymology

Middle English word whether comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷ-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷe-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷo-, Proto-Indo-European *-teros (Contrastive or oppositional adjectival suffix.)

Detailed word origin of whether

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*-teros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Contrastive or oppositional adjectival suffix.
*kʷód, kʷod Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷís Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Who, what (interrogative). Who, which, that (relative) Which, what.
*hwat Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*kʷóteros Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Which of two.
*hwaþeraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (interrogative) which, what (of two).
hwæþer Old English (ang) Which (of the two).
whether Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as whether

Descendants of *kʷ-
hou hu huo hwat hwilc hwoa hwu hwulch iwhō quere quher wedyr wether wha whan what whem wher which whilk whom whos why wilche
Descendants of *kʷe-
cognicion companion comper condescenden conformen consecucioun either how hwic hwo whet whidir who whæt ȝehwa
Descendants of *kʷo-
when ywhere
Descendants of *-teros
admynistren after efter hider hidir hither maister mayster meister ministre æfter