mauvais etymology

Old French word mauvais comes from Proto-Indo-European *moy-, and later Latin peior (Worse.)

Detailed word origin of mauvais

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*moy- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*mol(w)ə- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to grind, mill
peior Latin (lat) Worse.
*malifatius Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin, Gallo-Romance) bad, evil, wicked.
mauvais Old French (fro)