From Middle Low German arbeit, from Proto-Germanic *arbaidiz, possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *Hórbʰos (“orphan”), *h₂érbhos (“orphaned”), *h₃órbʰos (“bereft”). Compare Norwegian arbeid, Swedish arbete, Faroese arbeiði. Cf. Old Danish ærvede, inherited from Old Norse erfiði.
- work (labour, employment, occupation, job)
- (physics) work (a measure of energy expended in moving an object; most commonly, force times distance)
- work (effort expended on a particular task)
In compounds: arbejds-, -arbejde
- work, to do a specific task (Generally for money)