webh- / Indo-European roots

Examples of words with the root webh-: gaufrette, goffer, hypha, wafer, waffle, wave, waver, weave, web, webster, weevil, weft, wobble, woof.


To weave, also to move quickly.

Derivatives include web, weevil, wobble.

1. weave, woof1 from Old English wefan, to weave, from Germanic *weban.
2. weft from Old English wefta, weft, cross thread, from Germanic *wefta-.
3. Suffixed o-grade form *wobh-yo-. web, webster from Old English web(b), web, from Germanic *wabjam, fabric, web.
4. weevil from Old English wifel, weevil (< "that which moves briskly"), from suffixed Germanic form *webila-.
a. (i) gaufrette, goffer from Old French gaufre, honeycomb, waffle; (ii) wafer from Old North French waufre, wafer. Both (i) and (ii) from a source akin to Middle Low German wāfel, honeycomb;
b. waffle1 from Middle Dutch wāfel, waffle. Both a and b from suffixed Germanic form *wabila-, web, honeycomb.
6. Possibly Germanic *wab-, to move back and forth as in weaving.
a. wave from Old English wafian, to move (the hand) up and down;
b. waver from Middle English waveren, to waver;
c. wobble from Low German wabbeln, to move from side to side, sway.
7. Suffixed zero-grade form *ubh-ā-. hypha from Greek huphē, web.

[Pokorny u̯ebh- 1114.]

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