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A nursemaid or nanny employed by Europeans in India or another former British territory. Anglo-Indian “aya” < Portuguese “aia”=nurse < feminine form of “aio”=tutor.

An opening, such as a vent, mouth, or hole, through which something may pass. Middle French “orifice”=opening, aperture < Latin “orificium” < “ori-“=mouth + “facere”=to make.

A brownish-black coal intermediate between peat and solid coal , usually where wood is still visible. French “lignite” < Latin “lignum”=wood + “-ite”=suffix used to mark minerals.

To move your fingers gently over someone‚Äôs body in order to make them laugh. Middle English “tikelle”=to be excited by a pleasantly tingling or thrilling sensation. Possibly from “tick”=to touch or pat.

A large church that has a long central part that ends in a curved wall. Latin “basilica”=royal palace < Greek “vasilikos”=royal + “vasilios”=king.

A pile of wood for burning a dead body. Latin “pyra”=funeral pile < Greek “pyru”=fire.

In the UK a payment from the government to someone who is unemployed; to give or distribute something. Old English “dal”=portion or share < Old Germanic “*daili-z”=to divide, part.

Many and of different kinds (adj.); an arrangement of pipes through which gases enter or leave a car engine (n.). Old English “manigfeald”=”manig”=many + “feald”=fold < suffix indicating “many times.”

A female slave or concubine in a harem; an exotic, sexually attractive woman; a representation of a sexually attractive figure in art. French “odalisque” < Turkish “odalik” =chamber, room + “lik”=suffix expressing function.

cooper: A person who makes and repairs barrels or casks, Middle English “cowper” < Latin “cuperius” < “cupa”=cask, vat.

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