-wich

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wīc (abode, dwelling-place), an early borrowing from Latin vīcus (village), from Proto-Indo-European *weyḱ- (village, household). Latin cognate to Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐌷𐍃 (weihs), Old High German weihs (village, settlement), from Proto-Germanic *wīhsą (village, settlement) of the same Proto-Indo-European root. Cognate to Dutch wijk (neighbourhood), and may replace it in borrowings. A related form with similar origin is Icelandic vík.

Suffix[edit]

-wich

  1. in placenames, "village, settlement, hamlet, trading centre"
  2. in placenames, "brine spring, well" (from Old English wīċ (bay)

Place names[edit]

From Old Norse vík: Klaksvík, Lerwick, Prestwick, Reykjavík, Wick

From -wich, -wick: Avonwick, Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Gatwick, Ipswich, Norwich, Sandwich, Warwick, York

Derived terms[edit]

Category English words suffixed with -wich not found


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