Other Word Forms
Origin of awn
- Middle English awne from Old Norse ögn or from Old English agen ak- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English aw(u)ne, agune, agene, from Old Danish aghn (compare modern avne), from Proto-Germanic *aganō, *ahanō 'chaff' (compare Old English ægnan, Frisian/Dutch agen, German Ahne, Agen), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱanā (compare Old Latin agna 'ear of wheat', Lithuanian ašnìs, Czech osina, Ancient Greek ἄκαινα (ákaina, “spike, prick”), ἄκανος (ákanos, “pine-thistle”), Sanskrit अशनि (aśáni, “thunderbolt, arrow tip”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ (“sharp”). More at edge.