Other Word Forms of Stain
Origin of Stain
From Middle English steinen, steynen (“to stain, colour, paint"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse steina (“to stain, colour, paint"), from steinn (“stone, mineral blee, colour, stain"), from Proto-Norse ᛊᛏᚨᛁᚾᚨᛉ (stainaz), from Proto-Germanic *stainaz (“stone"), from Proto-Indo-European *stAy- (“stone"). Cognate with Old English stān (“stone"). More at stone.
In some senses, influenced by unrelated Middle English disteynen (“to discolor, remove the colour from"; literally, "de-colour"), from Anglo-Norman desteindre (“to remove the colour from, bleach"), from Old French desteindre (“to remove the color from, bleach"), from des- (“dis-, de-, un-") + teindre (“to dye"), from Latin tingo.
Middle English steinen partly from Old French desteindre desteign- to deprive of color (des- dis-) (teindre to dye) (from Latin tingere) and partly from Old Norse steina to paint
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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