IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse fer-, from Proto-Germanic *feþur-, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷetwr̥-, the zero-grade form of *kʷetwóres (four).

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

fer-

  1. four, quadri-, tetra-
  2. (in derived units) square

Old EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *fer-, unstressed form of *firi- (around, across), *fra- (away from, off of, fully), *furi- (before, forth, forward). Akin to Old High German ver-, Gothic faír- (faír-).

PronunciationEdit

PrefixEdit

fer-

  1. unstressed form of Old English prefix for-

Usage notesEdit

fer-, the unstressed form, was supplanted in later Old English in all cases by for-.