Немец etymology


Russian word немец comes from Proto-Slavic *němъ

Etymology of немец

Detailed word origin of немец

Dictionary entry Language Definition
*němъ Proto-Slavic (sla-pro) Dumb, mute (not able to speak). Unclear or incomprehensible speaker, muttering, mammering.
*němьcь Proto-Slavic (sla-pro) Foreigner, non-Slav. Specifically, a German (someone who speaks a Germanic language).
немец Russian (ru) (obsolete) foreigner. German, German man.