digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:


Applied sciences






















Online Etymology Dictionary
Online Etymology Dictionary.jpg
Screenshot of etymonline.com
Type Private
Founded Online (c.2000)
Headquarters Lancaster, PA, US
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]


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 Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English". 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]

Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Online_Etymology_Dictionary — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
458 videos foundNext > 

Bionic Dance & Etymology

Definition of etymology Merriam-Webster: 1: the history of a linguistic form (as a word) shown by tracing its development since its earliest recorded occurre...


http://bandmerch.seenon.com/detail.php?p=74212 http://www.hotforwords.com to request words Origin of the word hypocrite Sources: Online Etymology Dictionary ...

Highball Drink Recipes

http://www.bartendingblueprint.com/enter/ Highball is the name for a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger propor...

Acageekmia episode 1

Stuart Hall: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Hall_%28cultural_theorist%29 "Notes on Deconstructing 'The Popular'": http://www.udel.edu/History/suisman/61...

D is for Discombobulated

The Letter D My main sources for the video were "The Noticeably Stouter Book of General Ignorance" by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson, "The Story of English i...

Dirt, Pavement, and Yellow Bricks: Roads and Traffic in American Culture

My Lit 3206, Places and Spaces in Literature final project 1) The Global Positioning System a Shared National Asset: Recommendations for Technical Improvemen...

God's Affirmations

Affirmation, etymology: ---early 15c., "assertion that something is true," from O.Fr. afermacion (14c.), from L. affirmationem (nom. affirmatio) "an affirmat...

NSA: 10 Min. English: 003. Robot Cops

A free supplementary session for Upper Intermediate & Advanced English Language Students at Native Speakers Academy. We hope this will encourage you to not o...

Secularism - Revisionism Through a Disregard of Etymology

My response to morsec0de's response to a dialog in a Veritas vid. Here are links to the vids and then a link to the sites referenced in this vid-- http://www...

NSA: 10 Min. English: 001. Wild Children

A free supplementary session for Upper Intermediate & Advanced English Language Students at Native Speakers Academy. We hope this will encourage you to not o...

458 videos foundNext > 

291 news items

Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 02:52:30 -0800

The Online Etymology Dictionary, following the Oxford English Dictionary, explains that farm came into English around 1300 to mean a “fixed payment (usually in exchange for taxes collected, etc.).” The word came from the Old French ferme, meaning a ...

Khaleej Times

Khaleej Times
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:52:30 -0800

After all, as Douglas Harper, creator of the Online Etymology Dictionary, notes on its home page: “Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.” But then I come across ...


Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:36:21 -0800

According to the Oxford online etymology dictionary, OK dates back to 1839. It grew out of a fad for using abbreviations of misspelled words for slang in Boston and New York City. OK was the abbreviation for "ollkorrect." It was further popularized by ...
Agoura Hills Acorn
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:56:15 -0800

Fresh snake blood is still revered as a stimulant in parts of Asia, as are bat blood, shark fins and ground rhino horns, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. Even the waste of whales—known as whale vomit—is prized for its use in perfumes and ...
Daily Trust
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:10:17 -0800

Etymologists (people who study the history, development, and sources of words) say the use of "title" as a verb to mean "give title to a book" has been attested since the early 14th century (See, for instance, the Online Etymology Dictionary by ...


Tue, 10 Feb 2015 02:00:20 -0800

Lemon laws actually do use the term "lemon." Its origin as a reference to a sub-standard article dates back over a century, as in the British slang, "to hand someone a lemon," according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. As a term for cars, it may be ...
OUPblog (blog)
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 04:33:45 -0800

If multiple hypotheses vie for recognition, it is the duty of every next researcher to show that the previous conjectures are wrong or less persuasive than the new one. Our correspondent has consulted a single reference work, the Online Etymology ...


Thu, 08 Jan 2015 08:45:43 -0800

“Use up,” “eat” and “waste” are the first three definitions at the Online Etymology Dictionary, meaning that a trade show whose given name is Consumer must be as devoted to innovation as it is to obsolescence. Here today, gone to the toxic waste dump ...

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!

Searchlight Group

Digplanet also receives support from Searchlight Group. Visit Searchlight