Can etymology


English word can comes from Middle English cunnen, Middle English can

Etymology of can

Detailed word origin of can

Dictionary entry Language Definition
cunnen Middle English (enm)
can Middle English (enm)
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.