worm etymology

Middle English word worm comes from Proto-Indo-European *were-, Proto-Indo-European *gʷhormo-, and later Proto-Indo-European *wr̥mis (Worm.)

Detailed word origin of worm

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*were- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*gʷhormo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wr̥mis Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Worm.
*warmaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Warm (having a higher temperature than usual).
*wurmiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Serpent, snake. Worm.
wearm Old English (ang) Warm.
wyrm Old English (ang) A creeping insect, maggot, grub, or worm. A serpent or snake. A worm or a snake, in the figurative sense of something lowly or despicable.
wurm Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as worm

Descendants of *were-
wraien wrayen wreien wreyen
Descendants of *gʷhormo-
gar gare garfysche gere gor gore gorre warm warmth wearmth werm wermthe