Breathe etymology


English word breathe comes from Proto-Indo-European *bʰrēt-, Proto-Indo-European *bʰrē-t-, Proto-Germanic *breuþaną (To fall apart; crumble.)

Etymology of breathe

Detailed word origin of breathe

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*bʰrēt- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*bʰrē-t- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*breuþaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To fall apart; crumble.
breoþan Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To decay, waste away.
*brēþiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Odour. Vapour; steam; breath.
brǣþ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
breeth Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Breath.
brethen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
breathe English (en) (intransitive) Figuratively, to live.. (intransitive) To draw air into (inhale), and expel air from (exhale), the lungs in order to extract oxygen and excrete waste gases.. (intransitive) To exchange gases with the environment.. (intransitive) To expel air from the lungs, exhale.. (intransitive) To take in needed gases and expel waste gases in a similar way.. (intransitive, now, rare) To [...]

Words with the same origin as breathe

Descendants of *bʰrēt-