ne etymology

French word ne comes from Proto-Indo-European *nē, Proto-Indo-European *óykos, Latin ne oinom, and later Latin non (Not.)

Detailed word origin of ne

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*nē Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*óykos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
ne oinom Latin (lat)
noinom Latin (lat)
noenum Old Latin (itc-ola)
noinu Old Latin (itc-ola)
non Latin (lat) Not.
ne French (fra) (literary) not (used alone to negate a verb; now chiefly with the verbs pouvoir, savoir, cesser and oser). In comparative clauses usually translated with the positive sense of the subsequent negative. Used in a subordinate clause before a subjunctive verb (especially when the main verb expresses doubt or fear), to provide extra overtones of doubt or uncertainty (but not negating its verb); [...]

Words with the same origin as ne

Descendants of *nē
allumer changé embrasser emporter empêcher enfant enfermer enlever ennemi enregistrer enseigner entendre envie impossible incroyable innocent inquiet inquiète inquiétude insensé installer inventer ni non
Descendants of ne oinom
chaland chalandage chaloir non merci nonchalamment nonchalant ouiménon