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verb (used with object), et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing.
  1. to trace the history of (a word).
verb (used without object), et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing.
  1. to study etymology.
  2. to give or suggest the etymology of words.
Also especially British, et·y·mol·o·gise.

Origin of etymologize

From the Late Latin word etymologizāre, dating back to 1520–30. See etymology, -ize
Related formset·y·mol·o·giz·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for etymologize



  1. to trace, state, or suggest the etymology of (a word)
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Word Origin and History for etymologize


1530s; see etymology + -ize. Related: Etymologized; etymologizing.

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