Other Word Forms of Waist
Origin of Waist
From Middle English waste, wast (“stature, waist"), from Old English *wÇ£st, *wÇ£xt, from Proto-Germanic *wahstuz (“growth, development, stature, build"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚weg-s- (“to multiply, increase"). Cognate with Middle High German wahst (“growth"), Danish vækst (“growth"), Swedish växt (“growth, development, size"), Icelandic vöxtur (“growth"), Gothic [script?] (wahstus, “growth"). Related to Old English weaxan (“to grow, increase"). More at wax.
Middle English wast perhaps from Old English wæst growth, size aug- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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