Etymologize Et`y*mol"o*gize, v. t. To search into the origin of words; to deduce words from their simple roots. [1913 Webster]

How perilous it is to etymologize at random. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

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  • Etymologize — Et y*mol o*gize ( j[imac]z), v. t. [Cf. F. [ e]tymologiser.] To give the etymology of; to trace to the root or primitive, as a word. Camden [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • etymologize — 1530s; see ETYMOLOGY (Cf. etymology) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Etymologized; etymologizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • etymologize — (Amer.) v. construct history or derive etymology of words (also etymologise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • etymologize — [et΄ə mäl′əjīz΄] vt., vi. etymologized, etymologizing to trace the etymology of, or give or suggest an etymology for (a word or words) …   English World dictionary

  • etymologize — verb ( gized; gizing) Date: circa 1530 transitive verb to discover, formulate, or state an etymology for intransitive verb to study or formulate etymologies …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • etymologize — etymologizable, adj. /et euh mol euh juyz /, v., etymologized, etymologizing. v.t. 1. to trace the history of (a word). v.i. 2. to study etymology. 3. to give or suggest the etymology of words. Also, esp. Brit., etymologise. [1520 30; < LL… …   Universalium

  • etymologize — verb to find or provide etymology for a word, to find etymon for a given word See Also: etymology, etymon, etymologist …   Wiktionary

  • etymologize — et·y·mol·o·gize …   English syllables

  • etymologize — et•y•mol•o•gize [[t]ˌɛt əˈmɒl əˌdʒaɪz[/t]] v. gized, giz•ing 1) ling. to trace the history of (a word) 2) ling. to give the etymology of words 3) ling. to study etymology • Etymology: 1520–30; < LL …   From formal English to slang

  • etymologize — v. (also ise) 1 tr. give or trace the etymology of. 2 intr. study etymology. Etymology: med.L etymologizare f. L etymologia (as ETYMOLOGY) …   Useful english dictionary

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