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: sāi-   'pain, illness; sore'

Semantic Field(s): Pain, Suffering


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Old English: sǣ n.masc/fem sea, lake, water ASD
sǣ-wār n seaware, seaweed ASD
sār adj/n.neut sore; sorrow, suffering ASD/W7
sārig adj sorry ASD
Middle English: , se(e) n sea CDC
sor adj sore W7
sory adj sorry W7
English: sea n large body of salt water W7
seaware n sea wrack used like manure AHD/W7
seaweed n marine algae AHD
sore adj painful, causing pain/distress AHD/W7
sore n sore spot on body W7
sorry adj feeling sorrow/regret/penitence AHD/W7
West Germanic  
Old Frisian: sē n.masc/fem sea, lake ASD/CDC
sēr n sore, ache, pain; sorrow ASD
Middle Dutch: see n.masc/fem sea, lake CDC
Dutch: zee n.masc/fem sea, lake CDC
Old Saxon: sēo, sē(u) n.masc sea, lake ASD/CDC
sēr n sore, ache, pain; sorrow ASD
sērag adj sorry, bitter ASD
Old Low German: sēr n sore, ache, pain; sorrow ASD
Middle Low German: sē n.masc/fem sea, lake CDC
Low German: see n.masc/fem sea, lake CDC
Old High German: sēo, sē(u) n.masc/fem sea, lake ASD/CDC
sēr n sore, ache, pain; sorrow W7
sērag adj sorry, bitter ASD
Middle High German: sē n.masc/fem sea, lake CDC
German: See n.fem sea LRC
See n.masc lake LRC
North Germanic  
Old Norse: sár n.neut sore, wound LRC
Icelandic: sær, sjār, sjōr n sea ASD
Danish: saar n sore, wound TLL
n sea, lake TLL
Swedish: sjö n sea, lake TLL
sår n sore, wound TLL
East Germanic  
Gothic: sair n sore, ache, pain; sorrow ASD
saiws n sea ASD
Latin: saevus, saeva, saevum adj cruel, fierce LRC


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

Abbrev. Meaning
fem=feminine (gender)
masc=masculine (gender)
neut=neuter (gender)

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)
CDC=W.D. Whitney and B.E. Smith: The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1889-1911)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
TLL=Frederick Bodmer: The Loom of Language (1944)
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

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