1. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    Can anyone tell me whether English drag, Dutch dragen (carry), and Dutch trekken (to pull), English trek, are related. Etymonline.org does not refer to a link, but it seems - er... - logical, both semantically and etymologically.

    Or is that all based on wishful thinking?
  2. itreius Senior Member

    The Dutch etymologiebank.nl says for trekken,

    that it might be related to the Dutch verb dragen.
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2013
  3. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    Aaarrrrrhhh, good Lord, I had thrown a glance at it, but not seen??? Thanks a lot...
  4. Testing1234567 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    English trek < Afrikaans trek < Dutch trekken, so this establishes the relation between Dutch trekken and English trek.

    Now, Dutch trekken < Proto-Germanic *trakjan- < Proto-Indo-European *dreg-.

    English drag and Dutch dragen are both derived from Proto-Germanic *dragan- < Proto-Indo-European *dʰregʰ-, so they are not related to English trek or Dutch trekken.

    Their roots are quite similar nevertheless.

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