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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).
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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.
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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
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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