The Online Etymology Dictionary is a free online dictionary that describes the origins of English-language words. 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. 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.
Reviews and reputation
The Online Etymology Dictionary has been referenced by Ohio University's Library as a relevant etymological resource and cited in the Chicago Tribune as one of the "best resources for finding just the right word". It is cited in numerous articles as a source for explaining the history and evolution of words.
- ^ a b "Online Etymology Dictionary". Ohio University. 2003. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- ^ "Home Page". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2006-12-31.
- ^ The dictionary's principal sources appear at Sources @ Online Etymology Dictionary.
- ^ Bierma, Nathan (3 January 2007). "Internet has best resources for finding just the right word". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-05.
- ^ 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
- ^ Murali, D. Big results require big ambitions. Business Line (The Hindu), 21 July 2006, Section:Opinion, republished by Factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05
- ^ Whyte, Ellen. Online resources to help improve your vocabulary. New Straits Times, 27 October 2005, republished by www.factiva.com, accessed 2007-01-05
Sydney Morning Herald
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:48:45 -0800
For your reference, please also note this definition from the Online Etymology Dictionary: Urgent, mid-15c., from Middle French urgent ''pressing, impelling'' (14c.), from Latin urgentem (nominative urgens), present participle of urgere ''to press hard ...
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:28:42 -0800
Cynara scolymus, as it is known in Latin, the symmetrical globular flower is a member of the thistle family. The word dates to the 1530s from articiocco, according to Online Etymology Dictionary, a Northern Italian version of acricioffo. That, in turn ...
Kenai Peninsula Online
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:07:30 -0800
I looked it up, and the city's name means “pool with muddy water,” according to the Online Etymology Dictionary (a “lifer” was “thick, clotted water”). The word for a resident was the result of a joking substitution of “puddle” for “pool,” it seems ...
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 18:48:45 -0800
Lent derives from the Germanic root for "long" because of the lengthening of days during the season, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary. Page 2 of 2 - 8. Oh, the floods. Flooding is most common during spring because of snowmelt from ...
Christian Science Monitor
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 04:15:38 -0800
The Online Etymology Dictionary's page of references to "snow" mentions chiono, described as a "word-forming element," a Latin version of a Greek word meaning snow. These combining words are always a kick; they can make one sound so erudite.
Topeka Capital Journal
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 16:00:00 -0800
What is the essence of love? It is to draw people together, to bring them into orbit around a core, which I might poetically refer to as a heart. In fact, this isn't merely a poetic extrapolation on my part. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary ...
Columbia Daily Tribune
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:06:59 -0800
Robertson replies: The Online Etymology Dictionary reports the use of the term “gay” by homosexual men can be traced to the 1920s. By the 1940s, the term was used in psychological studies. “For more than 200 years, presidents have been implementing ...
Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:36:33 -0800
With that question, I present to you a list of unsexy sex words and how they came about, courtesy of the Online Etymology Dictionary. 1. Fornication. This word sounds like it ought to be in a research report or something. “High levels of fornication ...
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