Fear etymology


English word fear comes from Proto-Indo-European *pr̥-, Proto-Indo-European *perkʷ-, Proto-Indo-European *perh₃-, Old English (ca. 450-1100) ġefēra, and later Proto-Germanic *fōrijaną (To cause (one) to go; lead (someone; take (someone's) lead.)

Etymology of fear

Detailed word origin of fear

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*pr̥- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*perkʷ- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*perh₃- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
ġefēra Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
*fōrijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To cause (one) to go; lead (someone; take (someone's) lead.
*ferrai Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Far, distant.
*ferhwō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Body, life.
*fērō Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Danger.
*fōriz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Able to go, passable.
feor Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Far. Perverse; depraved.
feorh Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Life, principles of life, soul, spirit. Living being, person.
fēre Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
ġefǣr Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
feore Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
fear English (en) (intransitive) To feel fear (about something).. (obsolete, transitive) To be anxious or solicitous for.. (obsolete, transitive) To cause fear to; to frighten.. (obsolete, transitive) To suspect; to doubt.. (transitive) Regret.. (transitive) To venerate; to feel awe towards.. (transitive) To feel fear about (something or someone); to be afraid of; to consider or expect with alarm. (countable) [...]

Words with the same origin as fear

Descendants of *perkʷ-

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