Indo-European Lexicon

PIE Etymon and IE Reflexes

Below we display: a Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etymon adapted from Pokorny, with our own English gloss; our Semantic Field assignment(s) for the etymon, linked to information about the field(s); an optional Comment; and Reflexes (derived words) in various Indo-European languages, organized by family/group in west-to-east order where Germanic is split into West/North/East families and English, our language of primary emphasis, is artificially separated from West Germanic. IE Reflexes appear most often as single words with any optional letter(s) enclosed in parentheses; but alternative full spellings are separated by '/' and "principal parts" appear in a standard order (e.g. masculine, feminine, and neuter forms) separated by commas.

Reflexes are annotated with: Part-of-Speech and/or other Grammatical feature(s); a short Gloss which, especially for modern English reflexes, may be confined to the oldest sense; and some Source citation(s) with 'LRC' always understood as editor. Keys to PoS/Gram feature abbreviations and Source codes appear below the reflexes; at the end are links to the previous/next etyma [in Pokorny's alphabetic order] that have reflexes.

All reflex pages are currently under active construction; as time goes on, corrections may be made and/or more etyma & reflexes may be added.

Pokorny Etymon: 2. me-   'by, with, amidst, around'

Semantic Field(s): Near (adj), Circle


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Old English: mið, mid prep with W7
Middle English: mid prep with W7
midwif n midwife W7
English: meta- pfx occurring after/later than/in succession to AHD/W7
metaphrase n word-for-word translation AHD
metopic adj re: forehead AHD
midwife n woman who assists in childbirth AHD/W7
West Germanic  
Old Frisian: mith prep with ASD
Dutch: met prep with ASD
Old Saxon: mid(i) prep with ASD
Old Low German: mid, mit, met prep with ASD
Old High German: mit(i) prep with W7/ASD
German: mit prep with ASD
North Germanic  
Old Norse: með prep with, by means of; among; along LRC
Icelandic: með prep with ASD
Danish: med prep with ASD
Swedish: med prep with ASD
East Germanic  
Gothic: mid, miþ prep with, among, together with; by, near, through ASD
Greek: μετά prep with, between, among, after LRC
μέχρι prep until LRC


Key to Part-of-Speech/Grammatical feature abbreviations:

Abbrev. Meaning

Key to information Source codes (always with 'LRC' as editor):

Code Citation
AHD=Calvert Watkins: The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. (2000)
ASD=Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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