Kennen etymology


German word kennen comes from Middle English canne, Proto-Indo-European - -né-, and later Proto-Indo-European *ǵn̥néh₃ti (To know, recognize.)

Etymology of kennen

Detailed word origin of kennen

Dictionary entry Language Definition
canne Middle English (enm)
- -né- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*ǵn̥néh₃ti Proto-Indo-European (ine) To know, recognize.
can English (en) (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To be possible, usually with be.. (modal auxiliary verb, defective) To know how to; to be able to.. (modal auxiliary verb, defective, informal) May; to be permitted or enabled to.. (obsolete, transitive) To know. (US, euphemistic) To fire or dismiss an employee.. To preserve, by heating and sealing in a can or jar.. To shut up.. To discard, scrap or [...]
*kunnaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To know how, to be able to. To know, to be familiar with, to recognise.
cennan Old English (ang) To make known, declare. To produce, bring forth, declare To beget, bear, give birth to.
kennan Old High German (goh)
kennen German (de) (transitive) to know; to be acquainted with; to be familiar with.