moindre etymology

French word moindre comes from Proto-Indo-European *moy-, Proto-Indo-European *pau-, Latin mina, and later Latin parvus (Ignorable, unimportant. Small, little, cheap.)

Detailed word origin of moindre

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*moy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*pau- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
mina Latin (lat) (figuratively) threats, menaces. Projecting points, pinnacles, battlements, parapets.
parvus Latin (lat) Ignorable, unimportant. Small, little, cheap.
minari Latin (lat)
menor Old French (fro) Smaller. Smallest. Very small.
moindre French (fra) (preceded by a definite article) The smallest, the slightest, the least. Lower; less; lesser.

Words with the same origin as moindre

Descendants of *pau-
peu
Descendants of mina
administrer amenage amener comminer menace mener meneur mineur ministre ministère ministériel minorer minuscule moins ménestrel métier promenade promenoir