This online etymology dictionary is a terrific resource to find reliable accounts of the origin and history of English words, phrases, and idioms.
With over 50,000 entries, the Online Etymology Dictionary has enough etymological content for both academic and general interest. It’s accessible enough to be used by anyone.
The site is a great resource if you want to understand the origins of English words. It’s helpful for teachers of reading, spelling, and English as a second language and anyone who is curious about the origin of a word.
Using the Online Etymology Dictionary is straightforward, type a word into the search box and results display. There are usually several entries, the word you typed in and several related words with an additional “Related entries and more” link under each entry. A Trending Words column on the right displays current popular searches.
In addition to the web interface there’s an extension for Chrome and apps for both iOS and Android (both have in app purchases). If you’re curious about where English words originated, this is a good resource.
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