Latin, literally "by the way," from ob "to, toward" (see ob-) + iter "journey" (see ion). Klein's sources, however, say it is ob- with the suffix -iter in analogy of circiter "about" from circa. Also cf. obituary.

Nearby words

  1. obfuscation,
  2. obi,
  3. obie,
  4. obiit,
  5. obit,
  6. obiter dictum,
  7. obituary,
  8. obj.,
  9. object,
  10. object ball

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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