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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-ø-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:


  • Rick Derksen (2008), Etymological Dictionary of the Slavic Inherited Lexicon, Brill: Leiden-Boston, page 401
  • пить in Max Vasmer (1986), Etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkogo jazyka [Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language], in 4 vols (second edition), Moscow: Progress — Translated from German and supplemented by O. N. Trubačóv
  • пить” in Pavel Černyx (1999), Istoriko-etimologičeskij slovarʹ russkogo jazyka [Historical-Etymological Dictionary of the Russian Language], in 2 vols (3rd ed.), Moscow: Publishing House "Russian Language", volume 2, page 36