Pretend etymology


English word pretend comes from Latin tendo, Latin prae- (Before; in front. In charge.)

Etymology of pretend

Detailed word origin of pretend

Dictionary entry Language Definition
tendo Latin (lat) I pitch (a tent).. I proceed.. I stretch, stretch out, distend, extend.. I strive for; I reach for.
prae- Latin (lat) Before; in front. In charge.
praetendere Latin (lat)
pretendre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To claim.
pretendre Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm) To claim.
pretendre Anglo-Norman (xno)
pretend English (en) Not really what it is represented as being; imaginary, feigned. (transitive, obsolete) To hold before one; to extend.. (transitive, obsolete) To hold before, or put forward, as a cloak or disguise for something else; to exhibit as a veil for something hidden.. (transitive, obsolete) To intend; to design, to plot; to attempt.. To claim, to allege, especially when falsely or as a form of [...]