South etymology


English word south comes from Proto-Indo-European *sewol-, and later Proto-Germanic *sunþraz (South, southern.)

Etymology of south

Detailed word origin of south

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*sewol- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*sh₂únt(e)ros Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*sunþraz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) South, southern.
*sunþrą Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) South South, southward.
sūþ Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
south Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
south English (en) One of the four major compass points, specifically 180°, directed toward the South Pole, and conventionally downwards on a map, abbreviated as S. (astronomy) To come to the meridian; to cross the north and south line.. To turn or move toward the south; to veer toward the south. (meteorology) Of wind, from the south.. Downward.. In an adverse direction or trend.. Toward the south; southward. [...]