Soft etymology


English word soft comes from Proto-Indo-European *sm̥-h₂-ó-, and later Middle English (1100-1500) softe (Soft (not hard).)

Etymology of soft

Detailed word origin of soft

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*sm̥-h₂-ó- Proto-Indo-European (ine) summer, year
*semptio- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*sem(p)tio- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*samftijaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Being at the same level; even; flat. Easy; light. Not rough or uneven; smooth.
sēfte Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
sōfte Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
softe Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Soft (not hard).
soft English (en) A soft or foolish person; an idiot. (archaic) Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast. (UK, colloquial) Foolish.. (UK, of a man) Effeminate.. (linguistics) Voiced; sonant.. (linguistics, Slavic languages) palatalized. (linguistics, rare) voiceless. (of a person) Physically or emotionally weak.. (of a sound) Quiet.. (of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible; not rough, rugged, or harsh.. [...]

Words with the same origin as soft

Descendants of *sm̥-h₂-ó-

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