moon etymology

English word moon comes from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁- (“to measure”) through later Proto-Indo-European *mḗh₁n̥s (“moon, month”)

Detailed word origin of moon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*meh₁- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) to measure
*mḗh₁n̥s Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Month. Moon.
*mēnô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) The moon.
mōna Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Moon
mone Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
moon English (eng) Moon. (intransitive, US, colloquial) (usually followed by over or after) To fuss over something adoringly; to be infatuated with someone.. (transitive) To expose to the rays of the Moon.. (transitive, colloquial) To display one's buttocks to, typically as a jest, insult, or protest.. To spend time idly, absent-mindedly. (cartomancy) The thirty-second Lenormand card.. (literary) A month, [...]

Words with the same origin as moon

Descendants of *mnā-
automatic brain main mainland mansion mental mention min mind mine minor mint minus monastery monitor monk moonlight mount mountain moustache my permanent remain summon
Descendants of *mēnis
assault cellar consul consulate isle isolate isolated ma milady milord mineral mining moan salad salary saline sally salsa sauce sausage
Descendants of munen
mainframe mainstream minefield moonshine undermine
Descendants of monu
batman businessman chairman congressman fisherman foreman freeman freshman gentleman madman man mankind manly men mon policeman salesman spoke superman u us woman women
Descendants of *mainą
mean meaning
Descendants of man
Descendants of *moh₁-
mood moody mud muddy
Descendants of *mê-
honeymoon menopause mo month semester
Descendants of *mēnā
masterpiece piece
Descendants of *méh₂-
mama mamma mammy mom momma mommy mum mummy