EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Middle English wast (waist), probably from Old English *wæst, *wǣst, *weaxt, *wæhst, from Proto-West Germanic *wahstu, from Proto-Germanic *wahstuz (growth, development, stature, build), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg-s- (to multiply, increase). Cognate with Middle English wacste (growth, increase, might, power), Middle High German wahst (growth), Danish vækst (growth), Swedish växt (growth, development, size), Icelandic vöxtur (growth), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌷𐍃𐍄𐌿𐍃 (wahstus, growth). Related to Old English weaxan (to grow, increase). More at wax.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

waist (plural waists)

  1. (anatomy) The part of the body between the pelvis and the stomach.
  2. A part of a piece of clothing that covers the waist.
  3. The narrow connection between the thorax and abdomen in certain insects (e.g., bees, ants and wasps).
  4. The middle portion of the hull of a ship or the fuselage of an aircraft.
  5. (nautical) That part of the upper deck of a ship between the quarterdeck and the forecastle.
  6. (obsolete) The middle part of anything.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Japanese: ウエスト (uesuto)

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RomanizationEdit

waist

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍃𐍄

Middle EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

NounEdit

waist

  1. Alternative form of wast (waste (noun))

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

waist

  1. Alternative form of wast (waist)

Etymology 3Edit

VerbEdit

waist

  1. Alternative form of wasten

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Inherited from Middle English wast (waist), probably from Old English *wæst, *wæxt, from Proto-West Germanic *wahstī, form Proto-Germanic *wahstuz.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

waist (plural waists)

  1. waist