The only free and comprehensive online etymological dictionary of the Spanish language
bote (2) m. (Noun) "boat"
18th cent. A loan from English boat, probably through French or another Gallo-Romance language. From Proto-Germanic *baita- "boat." According to Kroonen (2014), derived from the verb *bītan- "to bite" in the sense of hollowing out a tree log to make a boat. From Proto-Indo-European *bhéi̯d-e- "to split."
Also Latin American slang for "prison."
Indo-European
Italic
Latin findere (whence hender), Hernican hvidas "to break"
Celtic
Celtiberian biđetuđ
Germanic
Old Norse beit, Old English bāt (English boat), Gothic beitan, Old Norse bíta, Old High German bīzan, Old Saxon bītan, Old English bītan (English to bite)
Hellenic
Ancient Greek φείδομαι (pheídomai)
Indo-Iranian
Sanskrit bhinátti "to split"
Final updates in preparation for a particularly large data update coming at the end of the month.
The Online Etymological Dictionary of Spanish is a free etymological dictionary of the Spanish language launched on August 6, 2016. An etymology is not a definition but a history of a word over time. This site provides an account of the development of the Spanish language as best as historical linguists are able to ascertain in a way that is accessible both by laymen and academics. If you enjoy using this dictionary, please consider donating to help keep this site alive.