Are Antwort, answer cognates?

Discussion in 'Etymology, History of languages and Linguistics (EHL)' started by Perseas, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Perseas Senior Member

    Athens - GR
    Greek
    Hello,

    are the German word "Antwort" and the English "answer" cognates? The Dutch word "antwoord" must be a cognate to the German, but I am not sure for the English word.

    Here's what OED has:
    So, answer< and- + -swaru (from "to swear"). Does the same apply for "Antwort" or "-wort" derives from "das Wort"?
     
  2. Yondlivend Senior Member

    American English
    I found this in the Bosworth-Toller dictionary (emphasis mine):
    They give andwyrde​ as a noun form.

    So OE did have a word that was a cognate to the German word, however it is no longer used.
     

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