Origin of hightMiddle English highte, merging Old English hatte, passive voice past tense with heht, active past tense of hatan, to command, call: confused in sense with Middle English hoten, past participle of same verb : akin to German heissen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form k?i-, to move
Origin of hightMiddle English, past participle of highten, hihten, to call, be called, from hehte, hight, past tense of hoten, from Old English hatan; see kei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present hights, present participle highting, simple past and past participle hight)
From Middle English hight (alternative past participle of hoten, “to be named, be called”), from Old English hēht (preterite of hātan, “to be named, be called”), from *hehait-, reduplicate preterite base of Proto-Germanic *haitaną (“to call, command, summon”), from Proto-Indo-European *key(w)-, *kyew- (“to set in motion”). Cognate with Low German heten, German heißen, Danish hedde, Dutch heten, and Swedish heta, Latin cieō (“I call, I set in motion”).
- Obsolete form of height.