Maintenant etymology

Old French

Old French word maintenant comes from Latin tentare, Latin manu, Latin manus tenere, and later Latin manuteneo ((Late Latin, Vulgar Latin) I support, maintain.)

Etymology of maintenant

Detailed word origin of maintenant

Dictionary entry Language Definition
tentare Latin (lat)
manu Latin (lat)
manus tenere Latin (lat)
manuteneo Late Latin (LL)
manuteneo Latin (lat) (Late Latin, Vulgar Latin) I support, maintain.
maintenir Old French (fro) To maintain (to keep the same).
maintenant Old French (fro) Immediately; straight away.