et·​y·​mol·​o·​gize ˌe-tə-ˈmä-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce etymologize (audio)
etymologized; etymologizing

transitive verb

: to discover, formulate, or state an etymology for

intransitive verb

: to study or formulate etymologies

Word History

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of etymologize was in 1532

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Cite this Entry

“Etymologize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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