Appendix:Proto-Germanic/wai

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.

Proto-GermanicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Indo-European *wai. Compare Latin vae, Lithuanian vaĩ, vái, Russian увы́ ‎(uvý, alas), Middle Irish fáe, Welsh gwae ‎(woe), Avestan [script needed] ‎(vayōi, āvōya), Sanskrit उवे ‎(uvé), Persian وای ‎(vây).

PronunciationEdit

InterjectionEdit

*wai

  1. woe! alas! (expression of grief)

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Martin Findell Phonological Evidence from the Continental Runic Inscriptions (2012), citing Schneider (1980) (reconstructs *wai and notes the Gothic, ON, OE, OS and OHG descendants)