Waste etymology


English word waste 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 waste

Detailed word origin of waste

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 (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
*wǣxt Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
wast Old Northern French (fro-nor)
wast Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
waste English (en) (now, rare) Uncultivated, uninhabited.. Barren; desert.. Dismal; gloomy; cheerless.. Rejected as being defective; eliminated as being worthless; produced in excess.. Superfluous; needless.. Unfortunate; disappointing. (Can we add an example for this sense?).

Words with the same origin as waste

Descendants of *h₂ug-


Descendants of - þuz

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