Right etymology


English word right comes from Proto-Indo-European *rek-, Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵtom, Proto-Indo-European - -tós, and later Proto-Indo-European *h₃reǵtós (Straightened, right, upright.)

Etymology of right

Detailed word origin of right

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*rek- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*h₃reǵtom Proto-Indo-European (ine)
- -tós Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*rehtą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*h₃reǵtós Proto-Indo-European (ine) Straightened, right, upright.
*rehtaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Morally upright, just. Right, straight.
*rehta Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
rehte Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
riht Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Pertaining to the right side, as opposed to the left. Right, righteous, just, morally correct, proper. Rightful, legitimate, true. Straight, unbent; direct A right, a justifiable entitlement to something or to some action. One’s right, one’s proper due. Right, law, justice, moral correctness.
riht Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
right English (en) (Australia) All right; not requiring assistance.. (archaic) Straight, not bent.. (dated) Most favourable or convenient; fortunate.. (politics) Pertaining to the political right; conservative.. Appropriate, perfectly suitable; fit for purpose.. Complying with justice, correctness or reason; correct, just, true.. Designating the side of the body which is positioned to the east if one is facing [...]

Words with the same origin as right

Descendants of *rek-


Descendants of *h₃reǵtom

alright righteous righteousness righto rite