quoi etymology

French word quoi comes from Proto-Indo-European *kʷ-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷe-, Proto-Indo-European *kʷo-, Latin ni, Latin what, and later Proto-Italic *kʷoi (Who, what (relative, indefinite).)

Detailed word origin of quoi

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷe- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷo- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
ni Latin (lat) Not, that not, unless; like ne in imperative and intentional clauses Not, if...not, unless- an absolutely negative particle like ne so only in combinations.
what Latin (lat)
*kʷey Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*kʷoi Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Who, what (relative, indefinite).
*kʷís Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Which, what Who, what (interrogative). Who, which, that (relative).
quei Old Latin (itc-ola) (relative) who, what, that, which (interrogative) who, what, that, which.
*kʷis Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Who, what (interrogative).
qui Latin (lat) (interrogative) who, what, which (relative) who, that, which.
quoi French (fra) (colloquial) you know, like, y'know. (slang) aught, anything, something. What (oblique pronoun).

Words with the same origin as quoi

Descendants of *kʷ-
aucun car combien comme courage cœur dont lequel lorsque ont outre presque qualité quand quantité que quel quelque qui quiconque quoique quotidien vieil vieux
Descendants of *kʷe-
commencer comprendre conduire connaître conseil contact contre coucher couché couple cour court ou
Descendants of *kʷo-
auquel duquel préqualification qualifier qualitatif qualitativement qualiticien
Descendants of ni
quelqu'un quelque chose quelque part quelquefois quid