Hand etymology


English word hand comes from Proto-Germanic *hinþaną (To reach for, obtain, catch.)

Etymology of hand

Detailed word origin of hand

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*hinþaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To reach for, obtain, catch.
*(k/ḱ)ontús Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*handuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Hand.
hand Old English (ang)
hand Middle English (enm)
hand English (en) (archaic) Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.. (archaic) Agency in transmission from one person to another.. (card games) The set of cards held by a player.. (chiefly, in measuring the height of horses) Four inches, a hand's breadth.. (firearms) The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.. (heading) In [...]

Words with the same origin as hand

Descendants of *hinþaną

beforehand handsome handyman