etymologize

[ et-uh-mol-uh-jahyz ]
/ ˌɛt əˈmɒl əˌdʒaɪz /

verb (used with object), et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing.

to trace the history of (a word).

verb (used without object), et·y·mol·o·gized, et·y·mol·o·giz·ing.

to study etymology.
to give or suggest the etymology of words.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM etymologize

et·y·mol·o·giz·a·ble, adjective

Words nearby etymologize

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British Dictionary definitions for etymologize

etymologize

etymologise

/ (ˌɛtɪˈmɒləˌdʒaɪz) /

verb

to trace, state, or suggest the etymology of (a word)
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