Are Antwort, answer cognates?

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

  1. Perseas Senior Member


    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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