Origin of holtMiddle English from OE, akin to German holz, wood from Indo-European an unverified form k?dos ( from base an unverified form kel-, to strike) from source Classical Greek klados, young sprout
Origin of holtMiddle English from Old English
From Middle English holt, from Old English holt (“forest, wood, grove, thicket; wood, timber”), from Proto-Germanic *hultą (“wood”), from Proto-Indo-European *kald-, *klād- (“timber, log”), from Proto-Indo-European *kola-, *klā- (“to beat, hew, break, destroy, kill”). Cognate with Scots holt (“a wood, copse. thicket”), North Frisian holt (“wook, timber”), West Frisian hout (“timber, wood”), Dutch hout (“wood, timber”), German Holz (“wood”), Icelandic holt (“woodland, hillock”), Old Irish caill (“forest, wood, woodland”), Ancient Greek κλάδος (kládos, “branch, shoot, twig”), Albanian shul (“door latch”).