Bear etymology


English word bear comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrewe-, and later Proto-Indo-European *bʰéreti (To be carrying.)

Etymology of bear

Detailed word origin of bear

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*bʰrewe- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*bʰer- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*bʰéreti Proto-Indo-European (ine) To be carrying.
*beraną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To carry, to bear.
beran Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To bear, carry. To bring forth, produce, give birth. To sustain, support. To wear.
beren Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
bear English (en) (colloquial) Something difficult or tiresome; a burden or chore. (ambitransitive) To produce or yield something, such as fruit or crops.. (intransitive) To be, or head, in a specific direction or azimuth (from somewhere).. (intransitive) To endure with patience; to be patient.. (intransitive) To suffer, as in carrying a burden.. (intransitive, usually with on or upon) To relate or refer.. [...]

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