[ 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.

Words nearby etymologize

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for etymologize



/ (ˌɛtɪˈmɒləˌdʒaɪz) /


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