Origin of ingot
- Middle English mold for casting metal perhaps from in- in in–2 Old English goten past participle of geotan to pour or perhaps from Old French lingot metal ingot ((reinterpreted as l'ingot) (le the) (ingot ingot)) (from Old Provençal) (from lenga tongue (in reference to the elongated shape of medieval ingots)) (from Latin lingua language)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English ingot (“something poured in”), from Old English *ingot, ingyte (“a pouring in, infusion, inspiration”), from Proto-Germanic *in (“in”) + *gutaz, *gutiz (“gush, flow”), from Proto-Germanic *geutaną (“to flow, pour”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰew- (“to pour”), equivalent to in- + gote or in- + yote. Cognate with German Einguss (“in-pouring, sprue”), Swedish ingjut (“in-pouring”), Dutch ingieten (“to pour in”), Scots gote (“drain, ditch, gutter”), Swedish göt (“ingot”). More at gote, goit, yote.
- Alternative etymology derives Middle English ingot from ingoten (“poured in”), from Old English ingoten, past participle of inġēotan (“to pour in, fill”), from the same Proto-Germanic base as above.