Rock etymology


English word rock comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₃ruk-néh₂, Proto-Indo-European *h₃rewk-, and later Proto-Germanic *rukkōną (To move, move back and forth, rock.)

Etymology of rock

Detailed word origin of rock

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*h₃ruk-néh₂ Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*h₃rewk- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*rugnōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*Hruknéh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*rukkōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To move, move back and forth, rock.
roccian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To rock.
rokken Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
rock English (en) An act of rocking; a rocking motion; a sway. (euphemistic) to make love to or have sex with someone.. (intransitive) To do well or to be operating at high efficiency.. (intransitive) To sway or tilt violently back and forth.. (transitive) To cause to shake or sway violently.. (transitive) To disturb the emotional equilibrium of; to distress; to greatly impact (most often positively).. [...]