weapon etymology

English word weapon comes from Proto-Germanic *wēpną ("weapon"), of unknown origin, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wēbnom

Detailed word origin of weapon

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*wēbnom Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*wēpną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Weapon.
wǣpen Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
wepen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Weapon.
weapon English (eng) (informal, humorous) A tool of any kind.. An instrument of attack or defense in combat or hunting, e.g. most guns, missiles, or swords.. An instrument or other means of harming or exerting control over another.

Words with the same origin as weapon

Descendants of *wōpaz
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