This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed terms 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-Germanic edit

Etymology edit

Cognate with Old Church Slavonic вещь (veštĭ), from Proto-Indo-European *wekti- (thing).

However, Kroonen also compares *weganą (to carry, to move) (cognate with Proto-Celtic *wextā (time, course, run)).[1]

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

*wihtą n

  1. thing, creature

Inflection edit

neuter a-stemDeclension of *wihtą (neuter a-stem)
singular plural
nominative *wihtą *wihtō
vocative *wihtą *wihtō
accusative *wihtą *wihtō
genitive *wihtas, *wihtis *wihtǫ̂
dative *wihtai *wihtamaz
instrumental *wihtō *wihtamiz

Related terms edit

Descendants edit

  • Old English: wiht; nāwiht, nōwiht
  • Old Dutch: *wiht
  • Old High German: wiht
  • Gothic: 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐌷𐍄 (waiht), ni ... waiht (the neuter form waiht as well as the feminine form waihts occurs in Gothic, according to the book Glossarium der Gotischen Sprache, thus the form *wihtiz also existed in Proto-Germanic).

References edit

  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013), “wehti”, in Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, p. 577-578