Warmth- Etymology

warmthThe word warmth can be traced back to the late 12th century from the Proto- Germanic root “warmitho.” In the 13th century warmth became connected to baking through the verb “beek,” meaning to bask in the warmth of something. Then in the 1540s warmth took up a figurative sense through the word ardency, warmth of feeling/ desire. In the mid 14th century, fervor gave yet another meaning to the word warmth, warmth became a symbol of fury, passion, or heat from the latin root fervor. The modern meaning “soak up a flood of warmth” is actually derived from Shakespeare’s use of bask in his play “As You Like It” connecting blood with warmth. The word heat also derived from warmth, in Old English the word haeto meant heat or warmth and from that root, ha-, the word hot came about. In conclusion, warmth has expanded its meaning from the state of being warm or hot, to a feeling or a quality, to fire, to blood, or to sensations.


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