work etymology

Middle English word work comes from Proto-Indo-European *were-, and later Proto-Germanic *warkiz (Pain.)

Detailed word origin of work

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*were- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wreǵ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*warkiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Pain.
*wérǵom Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Work.
wærc Old English (ang) Pain; ache. Suffering; anguish; grief.
*werką Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Work.
weorc Old English (ang) Work.
warch Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as work

Descendants of *were-
wraien wrayen wreien wreyen