Appendix:Proto-Germanic/gudą

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This entry contains Proto-Germanic 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 *guþá-, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰuto-. Possibly from earlier "[libation made to an] idol" or "spirit immanent in a burial mound".

Pronunciation[edit]

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
  • August Fick, Hjalmar Falk & Alf Torp, Wörterbuch der Indogermanischen Sprachen: Dritter Teil: Wortschatz der Germanischen Spracheinheit, 1909, page 136