Etymology of Hope

  • Verb or noun,
  • Verb form = “to wish, expect, look forward to something”
  • Noun form = a wish, an expectation

The word hope is of unknown origin. It is possibly a general North Sea Germanic word coming from either the words hopen or hoffen (“to hope”) borrowed from Low German. The word hope also has a possible connection to the word “hop” with the correlation being that of “leaping in expectation”.

Related words: hoped, hoping, hopeful, hopeless, will, sperare (“top hope speedy recovery”), prosper (pro = for, spes = hope), despairing, bereave, desperado,  forlorn

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