word-forming element meaning "old," from Greek presby-, combining form of presbys "elder, old man," possibly originally "one who leads the cattle," from *pres- "before," extended form of *pre- (see per) + root of bous "cow." Watkins, however, has it from PIE *pres-gwu- "going before," with second element from root *gw-u- "going" (see venue).

Nearby words

  1. presacral neurectomy,
  2. presage,
  3. presale,
  4. presanctified,
  5. presb.,
  6. presbyacusis,
  7. presbyatrics,
  8. presbycousis,
  9. presbycusia,
  10. presbycusis

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper