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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.



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

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Category English words suffixed with -wich not found

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