According to some, *wiHrós is derived from the verb *weyh₁- (“to hunt”) (cf. Sanskrit वेति (véti), Lithuanian výti etc.), which would render the reconstruction as *wih₁rós, with *h₁ at the place of otherwise unreconstructable laryngeal *H, and the original meaning of "hunter".
Germanic, Celtic, and Italic forms point to a short *i, with loss of the root laryngeal, which is reconstructed on the basis of Sanskrit and Lithuanian (Balto-Slavic acute, retracted to the root vowel by Hirt's law) forms.
- (man): *mon-
- (possibly) Old Armenian: ամուրի (amuri, “husbandless”)
- Proto-Balto-Slavic: *wī́ˀras (“husband, man”)
- Proto-Celtic: *wiros (see there for further descendants)
- Proto-Germanic: *weraz (see there for further descendants)
- Proto-Hellenic: *wīros (“hunter”) (possibly)
- Proto-Indo-Iranian: *wiHrás (see there for further descendants)
- Proto-Italic: *wiros (see there for further descendants)
- Proto-Tocharian: *wir
- Tocharian A: wir (“youthful, young, fresh”)