Woman etymology


English word woman comes from Old English mann, Old English wimman, Old English wīf, and later Old English wifmann (Handmaid, female servant. Woman.)

Etymology of woman

Detailed word origin of woman

Dictionary entry Language Definition
mann Old English (ang) Man (adult male). Person, human. The rune ᛗ, representing the sound /m/.
wimman Old English (ang)
wīf Old English (ang)
wifmann Old English (ang) Handmaid, female servant. Woman.
wifman Middle English (enm)
woman English (en) (transitive) To furnish with, or unite to, a woman.. (transitive) To make effeminate or womanish.. To staff with female labor. (collective) All females collectively; womankind.. A female attendant or servant.. A female who is extremely fond of or devoted to a specified type of thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.). A wife (or sometimes a fiancée or girlfriend).. An adult female human.

Words with the same origin as woman

Descendants of wīf

housewife midwife wife