Knife etymology


English word knife comes from Proto-Indo-European *gneibʰ-, Proto-Indo-European *gen-, Proto-Germanic *knīfą (Knife, pinch, squeeze.)

Etymology of knife

Detailed word origin of knife

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*gneibʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine) to pinch, nip
*gen- Proto-Indo-European (ine) to pinch, squeeze, bend, press together, ball3, to pinch, squeeze, bend, press, ball up
*knīfą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Knife, pinch, squeeze.
*knīpaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*gneybʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*knībaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Knife. Pincers; shears.
cnif Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Knife.
*ᚲᚾᛁᛒᚨᛉ Proto-Norse (gmq-pro)
knífr Old Norse (non) Knife.
cnīf Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
knif Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Knife.
knife English (en) A utensil or a tool designed for cutting, consisting of a flat piece of hard material, usually steel or other metal (the blade), usually sharpened on one edge, attached to a handle. The blade may be pointed for piercing.. A weapon designed with the aforementioned specifications intended for slashing and/or stabbing and too short to be called a sword. A dagger.. Any blade-like part in a tool [...]

Words with the same origin as knife

Descendants of *gen-

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