Origin of pend

1490–1500;Latin pendēre to be suspended, hang, depend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pends

await, hang

Examples from the Web for pends

Historical Examples of pends

  • "'Pends upon what it is," answered Peace, thoroughly awake now.

    At the Little Brown House

    Ruth Alberta Brown

  • "'Pends on the man," she answered, shifting from one foot to the other, and addressing herself to the home horses.

  • Well, I'll tell you 'bout dat ere—'pends altogether how dey enjoy themselves.

  • "'Pends on what room they're in, ma'am," hastily replied the overseer, while all the others stood speechless with intense anxiety.


    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Eight days afterwards we arrived safely in the camp of the Flat-heads, and Ponderas, or Pends d'oreilles.

British Dictionary definitions for pends


verb (intr)
  1. to await judgment or settlement
  2. dialect to hang; depend
  1. Scot an archway or vaulted passage

Word Origin for pend

C15: from Latin pendēre to hang; related to Latin pendere to suspend
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Word Origin and History for pends



c.1500, "to depend, to hang," from French pendre, from Late Latin pendere "to hang" (see pendant). In some cases short for depend.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper