Origin of meed
- Middle English mede from Old English mēd mizdho- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English meede, mede, from Old English mÄ“d, meord, meard, meorÃ¾ (“meed, reward, pay, price, compensation, bribe"), from Proto-Germanic *mÄ“zdÅ, *mizdÅ (“meed"), from Proto-Indo-European *mizdÊ°- (“to pay"). Cognate with obsolete Dutch miede (“wages"), Low German mede (“payment, wages, reward"), German Miete (“rent"), Gothic [script?] (mizdo, “meed, reward, payment, recompense"), Greek Î¼Î¹ÏƒÎ¸ÏŒÏ‚ (misthÃ³s, “wage"), Old Church Slavonic Ð¼ÑŒÐ·Ð´Ð° (mÑŒzda, “reward").