The University of Texas at Austin; College of Liberal Arts
Hans C. Boas, Director :: PCL 5.556, 1 University Station S5490 :: Austin, TX 78712 :: 512-471-4566
LRC Links: Home | About | Books Online | EIEOL | IE Doc. Center | IE Lexicon | IE Maps | IE Texts | Pub. Indices | SiteMap

Indo-European Lexicon

PIE Etymon and IE Reflexes

Below we display: a Proto-Indo-European (PIE) etymon adapted from Pokorny, with our own English gloss; our Semantic Field assignment(s) for the etymon, linked to information about the field(s); an optional Comment; and Reflexes (derived words) in various Indo-European languages, organized by family/group in west-to-east order where Germanic is split into West/North/East families and English, our language of primary emphasis, is artificially separated from West Germanic. IE Reflexes appear most often as single words with any optional letter(s) enclosed in parentheses; but alternative full spellings are separated by '/' and "principal parts" appear in a standard order (e.g. masculine, feminine, and neuter forms) separated by commas.

Reflexes are annotated with: Part-of-Speech and/or other Grammatical feature(s); a short Gloss which, especially for modern English reflexes, may be confined to the oldest sense; and some Source citation(s) with 'LRC' always understood as editor. Keys to PoS/Gram feature abbreviations and Source codes appear below the reflexes; at the end are links to the previous/next etyma [in Pokorny's alphabetic order] that have reflexes.

All reflex pages are currently under active construction; as time goes on, corrections may be made and/or more etyma & reflexes may be added.

Note: this page is for systems/browsers with Unicode® support and fonts spanning the Unicode 3 character set relevant to Indo-European languages. Versions of this page rendered in alternate character sets are available via links (see Unicode 2 and ISO-8859-1) in the left margin.

Pokorny Etymon: 2. bhedh-   'to flex, bend, crook'

Semantic Fields: to Bend; Hook, Crook


Indo-European Reflexes:

Family/Language Reflex(es) PoS/Gram. Gloss Source(s)
Old English: bēd n.neut bead, worship, supplication ASD
  bedecian vb to beg CDC
  biddan, bæd, bǣdon, beden vb.str.V to bid, request GED
  cnēow-gebed n.str.neut bead (with bending of knees) GED
  (ge)bed n bead W7
Middle English: bede n bead W7
  bidden vb to bid, pray W7
English: bead n prayer AHD/W7
  bid, bid/bade, bid(den) vb.str to urge, beseech, invite, entreat AHD/W7
Old Frisian: bede n.str.fem bead GED
  bidda vb.str to bid, request GED
Frisian: bidde vb to bid, ask ASD
Dutch: bede n bead CDC
  bidden vb to bid, ask ASD
Old Saxon: beda n.str.fem bead GED
  biddian/biddean vb.str to bid, request GED/ASD
  gibed n bead CDC
  kneo-beda n.str.fem bead (with bending of knees) GED
Old High German: beta n.str.fem bead GED
  bidjan/bitten/bittan vb.str to bid, request ASD/GED/CDC
  gabet n bead CDC
Middle High German: bete n bead CDC
  bieten vb to bid CDC
  bitten vb to bid, ask ASD
German: bieten vb to bid LRC
  Bitte n.fem bead, request, supplication CDC
  bitten vb to bid, ask CDC
  Gebet n.neut bead CDC
Old Icelandic: biðja vb.str to bid, request GED
  knē-beðr n.str.masc pillow for knees (for prayer) GED
Icelandic: biðja vb to bid, ask CDC
Danish: bede vb to bid, ask ASD
Swedish: bedja vb to bid, ask ASD
Gothic: bida n.fem bead GED
  bidagwa n beggar CDC
  bid(j)an vb.str.V to bid, ask, pray, request GED
  ga-bidjan vb.str.V to pray, request GED
  us-bida I wish GED
Lithuanian: bãdas n hunger GED
Albanian: bashkë adv together LRC
  bind vb to convince GED
Sanskrit: jñu-bā́dh- n.pfx bending the knees GED
  bā́dhate vb to press, harass GED
  bā́dhas n oppression GED
Tocharian B: peti n worship, adoration LRC
Tocharian A: poto n worship, adoration LRC


Key to Part-of-Speech/Grammatical feature abbreviations:

Abbrev. Meaning
1=1st person
V=class 5
fem=feminine (gender)
masc=masculine (gender)
neut=neuter (gender)
sg=singular (number)
str=strong (inflection)

Key to information Source codes (always with 'LRC' as editor):

Code Citation
AHD=Calvert Watkins: The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. (2000)
ASD=Joseph Bosworth and T. Northcote Toller: An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1898)
CDC=W.D. Whitney and B.E. Smith: The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1889-1911)
GED=Winfred P. Lehmann: A Gothic Etymological Dictionary (1986)
LRC=Linguistics Research Center, University of Texas, Austin
W7=Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary (1963)

Nearby etyma:    previous   |   next