From Old French povoir, pooir, from early Old French poeir, from Vulgar Latin *potēre (“to be able”) for Classical Latin posse, present active infinitive of possum. *Potēre was a regularized form from the root potis (“able”) or formed on the basis of the present participle potens. The v is an epenthetic consonant added to avoid hiatus.
- pouvier (Guernsey)
pouver m (plural pouvers)