Assumed to be fused from er- and an old suffix ze-, already denoting an aspect of dissolvement and asunderness. The latter probably cognate with Middle Low German to- of the same meaning. All ultimately from Proto-Germanic *twiz-, from Proto-Indo-European *dwis-. Thus further cognate with Latin/Romance dis- as in English dissolve.
- Inseparable verbal prefix that denotes asunder, to pieces, to bits.
- Inseparable verbal prefix that means "to spoil by".