rune etymology

Scots word rune comes from Proto-Indo-European *(e)rwō-, Proto-Indo-European *kerk-, Proto-Indo-European *rewH-, and later Proto-Germanic *hrugnaz (Spawn of frogs or fish; roe.)

Detailed word origin of rune

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*(e)rwō- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to trace, find out, look out
*kerk- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*rewH- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hrugnaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Spawn of frogs or fish; roe.
*rewHn- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hrogn Old English (ang)
*rūnō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Rune (letter of the Germanic runic alphabet). Secret, mystery.
run Old English (ang) Advice, counsel. Mystery, secret. Writing; a rune.
rūn Old English (ang)
rawne Middle English (enm)
rune Scots (sco)

Words with the same origin as rune

Descendants of *(e)rwō-
raun rawn roun round
Descendants of *kerk-
rail raillich raillie railly roik rok roke rouk ruik ruke
Descendants of *rewH-
rousch rusch rush