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This Proto-Indo-European 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.




  1. to ache
  2. to fester
  3. wound; injury

Derived terms[edit]

  • *swer- (root present)
    • Germanic: *sweraną (see there for further descendants)
  • *swer-wos
  • *swer-tó- or *swer-dʰo-
    • Germanic: (unclear, requiring an additional original sense 'to cut') *swerdą (sword) (see there for further descendants)
  • Unsorted formations:



  1. to resound; ringing, whistling
  2. to speak loudly
  3. to swear

Derived terms[edit]

  • *swér- (root present)
  • *swor-ye- (o-grade ye-present)
    • Germanic: *swarjaną (to swear) (see there for further descendants)
  • *swor-eh₂
    • Germanic: *swarō (statement, oath, vow) (see there for further descendants)
  • Unsorted formations:
    • Balto-Slavic:
    • Italic:
      • Latin: (possibly) surdus (deaf)
      • Latin: (perhaps) susurrus (whisper, rustle)
      • Oscan: (possibly) [Term?] (sverruneí, speaker?, dative singular)


  1. ^ Kroonen, Guus (2013) Etymological Dictionary of Proto-Germanic (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 11), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN
  2. ^ Philippa, Marlies; Debrabandere, Frans; Quak, Arend; Schoonheim, Tanneke; van der Sijs, Nicoline (2003–2009) , “zweren”, in Etymologisch woordenboek van het Nederlands (in Dutch), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
  3. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN