The Oxford dictionary of English etymology

by C. T. Onions

Hardcover, 1982

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Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1982.

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Each of 24,000 entries gives a word, its pronunciation, modern meaning, derivatives, and a history of its development and use.

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LibraryThing member keylawk
Briefly defines the scope of the book in the definition of Etymology as "the origin, formation, and development (of a word)".[v]
Example: LAW - rule [OIcel] - layer, partnership, fixed price, set tune, and "in various languages, "derived from bases meaning 'place, set down'.
KEY - OFris. Kei, kay; of unknown origin.… (more)

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