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This Proto-Slavic 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.



From Proto-Indo-European (see *peh₃-):

Cognate with Sanskrit पिबति (pibati, he drinks), पीत (pīta, drunk), Ancient Greek πίνω (pínō, I drink), πώνω (pṓnō, I drink), Latin bibō (I drink) (< *pibō), Albanian pi (I drink), Old Irish ibim (I drink).

Next cognates include Lithuanian puotà (drinking spree, wassail), Old Prussian pōuton (to drink), poieiti (drink (imperative)), Sanskrit पाति (pāti, he drinks), पाययति (pāyayati, to give to drink), Ancient Greek πόσις (pósis, the act of drinking), Latin pōtus (drunk, having been drunk).


*pìti ? (underlying */pi-∅-ti/)

  1. to drink


  • Simple present *pьj-
  • X-aorist *pi-

This verb needs an inflection-table template.

See also[edit]

  • *pivo (drink, beer)
  • *pojiti (to give to drink)
  • *pojь (beverage, drink)


  • West Slavic:


  • Derksen, Rick (2008) Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 4), Leiden, Boston: Brill, ISBN 978 90 04 15504 6, page 401
  • Vasmer, Max (1964–1973), “пить”, in Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), translated from German and supplemented by Trubačev O. N., Moscow: Progress
  • Černyx, P. Ja. (1999), “пить”, in Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkovo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language] (in Russian), volume 2, 3rd reprint edition, Moscow: Russkij jazyk, page 36