Lust etymology


English word lust comes from Proto-Germanic *lausaz, Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-, Proto-Germanic - þuz, and later Proto-Germanic *lustuz (Lust, desire, want.)

Etymology of lust

Detailed word origin of lust

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*lausaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) (in compounds) -less, lacking, devoid of. Empty, devoid. False, untrue. Loose, free.
*ḱer- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
- þuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*ḱlewe- Proto-Indo-European (ine) to hear
*lustuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Lust, desire, want.
*hlustiz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Ear, ear opening. Hearing.
lust Old English (ang) Desire, pleasure, appetite, lust.
hlyst Old English (ang) Listening. The sense of hearing (one of the five senses).
lust Middle English (enm)
lust English (en) (archaic) A delightful cause of joy, pleasure.. (archaic) A general want or longing, not necessarily sexual.. (obsolete) virility; vigour; active power. A feeling of strong desire, especially such a feeling driven by sexual arousal. (intransitive, usually in the phrase "lust after") To look at or watch with a strong desire, especially of a sexual nature.

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