Waist etymology


English word waist comes from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ug-, Proto-Germanic *wōstaz, Proto-Germanic - þuz, Frankish *wostin, Frankish *wōsti, Frankish *wostinna, and later Proto-Germanic *wahsijaną (To grow.)

Etymology of waist

Detailed word origin of waist

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*h₂ug- Proto-Indo-European (ine)
*wōstaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
- þuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*wostin Frankish (frk)
*wōsti Frankish (frk)
*wostinna Frankish (frk)
*wahsijaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To grow.
*wuosti Frankish (frk)
*wahstuz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Size, growth.
waste Old French (fro)
*wǣxt Old English (ang)
wast Old Northern French (fro-nor)
wast Middle English (enm)
waist English (en) (nautical) That part of the upper deck of a ship between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.. A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.. The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.. The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).. The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.

Words with the same origin as waist

Descendants of *h₂ug-


Descendants of - þuz

draft lust thread