Et·y·mol·o·gize v. t. To give the etymology of; to trace to the root or primitive, as a word.
Et·y·mol·o·gize, v. t. To search into the origin of words; to deduce words from their simple roots.
How perilous it is to etymologize at random. --Trench.
v 1: give the etymology or derivation or suggest an etymology
(for a word); "The linguist probably etymologized the
words incorrectly"; "Although he is not trained in this,
his hobby is etymologizing" [syn: etymologise]
2: construct the history of words [syn: etymologise]