Monk etymology


English word monk comes from Latin monachus (monk), which in turn comes from Ancient Greek μοναχός (monakhós - single, alone) which probably ultimately derives from the Proto-Indo-European root *mey- (small)

Etymology of monk

Detailed word origin of monk

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*mey- Proto-Indo-European (ine) Small.
μόνος Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc) Alone.
μοναχός Ancient Greek (to 1453) (grc) Single, solitary.
monachus Latin (lat) (Medieval Latin) monk (male member of a religious community).
monachus Late Latin (LL) monk
munuc Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Monk.
monk Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Monk.
monk English (en) To act like a monk; especially to be contemplative.. To be a monk.. To be attached in a way that sticks out.. To be intoxicated or confused.. To monkey or meddle; to behave in a manner that is not systematic. (printing) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed; distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.. (slang) [...]

Words with the same origin as monk

Descendants of *memóne

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