From Middle English ovet, from Old English ofett (“fruit, legume”), from Proto-West Germanic *obaet (“fruit, produce, increase”), from a compound whose first element represents Proto-Indo-European *obʰi-, *ebʰi-, *bʰi- (“on, toward, from, by”), and whose second element is Proto-Germanic *at-, *ēta- (“edibles, food”), from Proto-Germanic *etaną (“to eat”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ed- (“to eat”). Cognate with West Frisian oefte (“something tasty to eat, goodies”), Dutch ooft (“fruit”), German Low German Ooft, Aaft (“fruit”), German Obst (“fruit”).
Originated as an incorrect reading of a borrowing from French ouest, from Old English west, from Proto-Germanic *westrą, from earlier *westraz, possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wek(ʷ)speros (“evening”). Doublet of vespro.
ovest m (invariable)