Something asked or asked for; a request.
(UK dialectal) A lizard.
- To persist in an action despite the likelihood that it will result in difficulty or punishment.
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Origin of Ask
From Middle English asken, from Old English āxian, āscian (“to ask, inquire, seek for, demand, call, summon, examine, observe”), from Proto-Germanic *aiskōną (“to ask, ask for”), from Proto-Indo-European *ayǝs- (“to look for”). Cognate with West Frisian easkje (“to require, postulate, demand”), Dutch eisen (“to demand, require”), German heischen (“to demand”), Danish æske (“to provoke”), Swedish äska (“to demand”), Russian искать (iskat', “to seek, look for”).
From Middle English aske, arske, from Old English āþexe (“lizard, newt”), from Proto-Germanic *agiþahsijǭ (“lizard”), from Proto-Germanic *agi- (“snake”) (from Proto-Indo-European *ogʷh- (“snake, lizard”)) + Proto-Germanic *þahsuz (“badger”) (from Proto-Indo-European *teḱs- (“to hew, trim”)). Cognate with Scots ask, awsk, esk (“an eft or newt”), Dutch hagedis (“lizard”), German Echse, Eidechse (“lizard”).
Middle English asken from Old English ācsian, āscian ais- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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