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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology


Edited by T. F. Hoad

03 June 1993

ISBN: 9780192830982

576 pages

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Where did the words bungalow and assassin derive? What did nice mean in the Middle Ages? How were adder, anger, and umpire originally spelt?

The answers can be found in this essential companion to any popular dictionary. With over 17,000 entries, this is the most authoritative and comprehensive guide to word origins available in paperback. Based on The Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology, the principal authority on the origin and development of English words, it contains a wealth of information about our language and its history.

  • A fascinating guide to our language and its history.
  • The principal authority on the origin and development of English words.

About the Author(s)

Edited by T. F. Hoad, Fellow and Tutor in English Language, St Peter's College, Oxford; and Lecturer in English, University of Oxford


`A model of its kind - all that anyone other than a specialist needs to know about words.' Daily Telegraph -