Other Word Forms of Ladder
Origin of Ladder
From Old English hlǣder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidriz (compare West Frisian ljedder, Dutch leer, German Leiter), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱleytro (compare Old Irish clithar 'hedge', Umbrian [script?] (kletram) 'stretcher'), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (“to lean”). More at lean, related to lid.
Middle English from Old English hlǣder klei- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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