|Kanji in this term|
/*ataperu/ → /ataɸeru/ → /ataheru/ → /ataeru/
Derived as the potential form of archaic and literary verb atau (“to put into continued contact with”), from imperfective form ata of root verb atsu (modern ateru: 当てる, “to put one thing against another”) + auxiliary verb ふ (fu, indicating repetition or ongoing state).
Original meaning was “to give something appropriate or fitting to another person”.
- 値 (atai): appropriate worth or value
- 当たる (ataru): to hit or strike against something
- 宛 (ate): (suffix) addressed to