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Online Etymology Dictionary
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Type Private
Founded Online (c.2000)
Headquarters Lancaster, PA, USA
Key people
Employees 1
Website www.etymonline.com
Type of site Etymological dictionary
Registration no
Available in English
Current status active

The Online Etymology Dictionary is a free online dictionary that describes the origins of English-language words.[1] Its initials are the same as those of the widely cited Oxford English Dictionary.


Douglas Harper compiled the etymology dictionary to record the history and evolution of more than 30,000 words, including slang and technical terms.[2] The core body of its etymology information stems from the New English Dictionary on Historical Principles but a variety of other sources are used. Other sources include the Middle English Dictionary and the Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology (by Robert Barnhart and others). In producing his large dictionary, Douglas Harper says that he is essentially and for the most part a compiler, an evaluator of etymology reports which others have made.[3]

Reviews and reputation[edit]

The Online Etymology Dictionary has been referenced by Ohio University's Library as a relevant etymological resource[1] and cited in the Chicago Tribune as one of the "best resources for finding just the right word".[4] It is cited in numerous articles as a source for explaining the history and evolution of words.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Online Etymology Dictionary". Ohio University. 2003. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  2. ^ "Home Page". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2006-12-31. 
  3. ^ The dictionary's principal sources appear at Sources @ Online Etymology Dictionary.
  4. ^ Bierma, Nathan (3 January 2007). "Internet has best resources for finding just the right word". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-05. [dead link]
  5. ^ Rudeen, Mike. Any questions?; Ask! away on the News' new blog. Rocky Mountain News, 18 December 2006, republished by www.factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05
  6. ^ Murali, D. Big results require big ambitions. Business Line (The Hindu), 21 July 2006, Section:Opinion, republished by Factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05
  7. ^ Whyte, Ellen. Online resources to help improve your vocabulary. New Straits Times, 27 October 2005, republished by www.factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05

External links[edit]

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5 news items

Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 03:12:08 -0700

And by the way, does like, the preposition, have anything to do with like the adjective, or the verb? The Online Etymology Dictionary explains that all three come from a Germanic base conveying the idea of “body, form; like, same.” The adjective, rare ...
Huffington Post
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:52:30 -0700

After all, according to the online etymology dictionary, desire's root meaning was "await what the stars will bring." What I have recognized is our desires are a part of the celestial plan, so to speak. Because if we will allow ourselves to receive the ...
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

The Online Etymology Dictionary says the first recorded use of "man in the street" to mean the ordinary person dates back to 1831. "Man on the street," on the hand, theMerriam-Webster Dictionary says, dates back to only 1926. It is also important to ...

Noticia al Dia

Noticia al Dia
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:10:05 -0700

... del ciclo de la agricultura, y luego de ello los nombres simplemente fueron los números en la posición en la que les correspondía, según cree el investigador Thomas George Thuker citado por el Online Etymology Dictionary, de Douglas Harper (2010).
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 19:03:45 -0700

此外有一类是工具性的网站,那也非常便利,如Online Etymology Dictionary,可以查询英语单词的词源;新浪爱问也是如此,在很长时间内,我都依赖于它查找一些电子书籍。此外还有一些BBS,如布衣书局的布衣论坛,天涯论坛 ...

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