Reconstruction:Proto-West Germanic/snakō

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

Proto-West Germanic[edit]


From *snakan (to creep, crawl) +‎ *-ō (agent suffix). Alternatively from an original Proto-Germanic *snēgô ~ *snakkaz paradigm, making *snākō a parallel formation.[1]


*snakō f

  1. that which creeps, crawls
  2. snake
    Synonyms: *linþ, *nadrā, *slangō, *wurmi
  3. worm, maggot
    Synonyms: *buʀdō, *maþō, *wurmi


Masculine an-stem
Nominative *snakō
Genitive *snakini, *snakan
Singular Plural
Nominative *snakō *snakan
Accusative *snakan *snakan
Genitive *snakini, *snakan *snakanō
Dative *snakini, *snakan *snakum
Instrumental *snakini, *snakan *snakum


  • Old English: snaca
    • Middle English: snake, snak; snaca
      • English: snake (see there for further descendants)
      • Scots: snake
  • Old Frisian: *snake
    • >? Saterland Frisian: Snoake (tall, thin woman)
    • West Frisian: snaak
  • Old Saxon: *snako
  • Old Dutch: *snako
  • Old High German: *snako


  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2011) The Proto-Germanic n-stems: A study in diachronic morphophonology, Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, →ISBN, page 137: “*snēkkan-”