Reconstruction:Proto-Germanic/gudą

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This Proto-Germanic entry contains reconstructed words and roots. As such, the term(s) in this entry are not directly attested, but are hypothesized to have existed based on comparative evidence.
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Proto-Germanic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Via Verner's law from earlier *guþóm, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰutós. Possibly from earlier "[libation made to an] idol" or "spirit immanent in a burial mound".

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Noun[edit]

*gudą n

  1. god, deity

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Descendants[edit]

The word was originally neuter, but with the spread of Christianity it eventually became masculine when referring to the Christian god.

References[edit]

  • Watkins, Calvert, ed., The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed., Houghton Mifflin Co., 2000.
  • Heinrich Meidinger, Vergleichendes etymologisches Wörterbuch der gothisch-teutonischen Mundarten, 1833], page 159
  • Fick, August (1909) Vergleichendes Wörterbuch der indogermanischen Sprachen (in German), volume III, bearbaited von Adalbert Bezzenberger, Hjalmar Falk, August Fick, Whitley Stokes, Alf Torp, 4th edition, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, page 136