Wave etymology


English word wave comes from Proto-Indo-European *webʰ-, and later Old English (ca. 450-1100) wafian (To wave.)

Etymology of wave

Detailed word origin of wave

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*webʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine) to weave, to move here and there, to wave, to teem, weave
*wabjaną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
wafian Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) To wave.
waven Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
wave English (en) (intransitive) To have an undulating or wavy form.. (intransitive) To move back and forth repeatedly.. (intransitive) To move one’s hand back and forth (generally above the head) in greeting or departure.. (intransitive, baseball) To swing and miss at a pitch.. (intransitive, ergative) To move like a wave, or by floating; to waft.. (intransitive, obsolete) To fluctuate; to waver; to be in an [...]

Words with the same origin as wave

Descendants of *webʰ-

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