Other Word Forms of When
Origin of When
From Middle English when(ne), whan(ne), from Old English hwenne, hwænne, hwonne (“when"), from Proto-Germanic *hwannÄ“ (“at what time, when"), from Proto-Indo-European *kÊ·o-, *kÊ·i- (“interrogative base"). Cognate with Dutch wanneer (“when") and wen (“when, if"), German wann (“when") and wenn (“when, if"), Gothic 𐍈𐌰𐌽 (Æ•an, “when, how"), Latin quandō (“when"). More at who.
Interjection sense: a playful misunderstanding of "say when" (i.e. say when you want me to stop) as "say [the word] when".
Middle English from Old English hwenne kwo- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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