From Middle Dutch ovet (“fruit”), from Old Dutch ovit (“fruit”), from Proto-Germanic *ubatją (“fruit, produce, increase”), from a compound whose first element represents Proto-Indo-European *obʰi-, *ebʰi-, *bʰi- (“on, toward, from, by”), and whose second element is Proto-Germanic *at-, *ēta- (“edibles, food”), from Proto-Germanic *etaną (“to eat”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (“to eat”). Cognate with Old English ofett (“fruit, vegetable”) (whence Middle English ovet), Middle Low German ōvet, āvet, ōft (“fruit”), Old High German obaz (“fruit”) (whence German Obst). More at ob-, eat.
ooft n (plural ooften, diminutive ooftje n)
- tree fruit
- fruit in general