edging (n.) Look up edging at Dictionary.com
1570s, "the putting of a border," verbal noun from edge (v.). Meaning "a border" is from 1660s; that of "the trimming of lawn edges" is from 1858.
edgy (adj.) Look up edgy at Dictionary.com
"having sharp edges," 1755, from edge (n.) + -y (2). Meaning "tense and irritable" is attested by 1837, perhaps from notion of being on the edge, at the point of doing something irrational (a figurative use attested from c.1600).
edible (adj.) Look up edible at Dictionary.com
1590s, from Late Latin edibilis "eatable," from Latin edere "to eat," from PIE root *ed- "to eat" (cognates: Sanskrit admi "I eat;" Greek edo "I eat;" Lithuanian edu "I eat;" Hittite edmi "I eat," adanna "food;" Old Irish ithim "I eat;" Gothic itan, Old Swedish and Old English etan, Old High German essan "to eat;" Avestan ad- "to eat;" Armenian utem "I eat;" Old Church Slavonic jasti "to eat," Russian jest "to eat").
edict (n.) Look up edict at Dictionary.com
late 15c., edycte; earlier edit, late 13c., "proclamation having the force of law," from Old French edit, from Latin edictum "proclamation, ordinance, edict," neuter past participle of edicere "publish, proclaim," from e- "out" (see ex-) + dicere "to say" (see diction).
edification (n.) Look up edification at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., in religious use, "building up of the soul," from Old French edification and directly from Latin aedificationem (nominative aedificatio) "construction, building," in Late Latin "spiritual improvement," from past participle stem of aedificare (see edifice). Religious use is as translation of Greek oikodome in I Cor. xiv. Meaning "mental improvement" is 1650s. Literal sense of "building" is rare in English.
edifice (n.) Look up edifice at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Old French edifice "building," from Latin aedificium "building," from aedificare "to erect a building," from aedis, variant of aedes "temple, sanctuary," usually a single edifice without partitions, also, in the plural, "dwelling house, building," originally "a place with a hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).

Ædis is from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (cognates: Greek aithein "to burn," Sanskrit inddhe "burst into flames," Old Irish aed "fire," Welsh aidd "heat, zeal," Old High German eit "funeral pile"), from root *ai- "to burn."
edify (v.) Look up edify at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., "to build, construct," also, in figurative use, "to build up morally or in faith," from Old French edefiier "build, install, teach, instruct (morally)," from Latin aedificare "to build, construct," in Late Latin "improve spiritually, instruct" (see edifice). Related: Edified; edifying.
Edinburgh Look up Edinburgh at Dictionary.com
older than King Edwin of Northumbria (who often is credited as the source of the name); originally Din Eidyn, Celtic, perhaps literally "fort on a slope." Later the first element was trimmed off and Old English burh "fort" added in its place." Dunedin in New Zealand represents an attempt at the original form.
edit (v.) Look up edit at Dictionary.com
1791, perhaps a back-formation from editor, or from French éditer, or from Latin editus, past participle of edere (see edition). Related: Edited; editing. As a noun, by 1960.
Edith Look up Edith at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, Old English Eadgyð, from ead "wealth, prosperity, happiness" + guð "war." A fairly common name; it survived through the Middle Ages, probably on the popularity of St. Eadgyð of Wilton (962-84, abbess, daughter of King Edgar of England), fell from favor 16c., was revived in fashion 19c.
edition (n.) Look up edition at Dictionary.com
early 15c., "version, translation, a form of a literary work;" 1550s, "act of publishing," from French édition or directly from Latin editionem (nominative editio) "a bringing forth, producing," also "a statement, account," from past participle stem of edere "bring forth, produce," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -dere, comb. form of dare "to give" (see date (n.1)). "It is awkward to speak of, e.g. 'The second edition of Campbell's edition of Plato's "Theætetus"'; but existing usage affords no satisfactory substitute for this inconvenient mode of expression" [OED].
editor (n.) Look up editor at Dictionary.com
1640s, "publisher," from Latin editor "one who puts forth," agent noun from editus, past participle of edere (see edition). By 1712 in sense of "person who prepares written matter for publication;" specific sense in newspapers is from 1803.
editorial (adj.) Look up editorial at Dictionary.com
1741; see editor + -al (2). Noun meaning "newspaper article by an editor," is from 1830, American English, from the adjective in reference to such writings (1802). Related: Editorially.
editorialize (v.) Look up editorialize at Dictionary.com
"introduce opinions into factual accounts," 1856, from editorial + -ize. Related: Editorialized; editorializing.
Edmund Look up Edmund at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, Old English Eadmund, literally "prosperity-protector." The second element is related to Latin manus "hand," from PIE *man- "hand" (see manual (adj.)).
Edna Look up Edna at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from Greek, from Hebrew ednah "delight" (see Eden). Related to Arabic ghadan "luxury." Among the top 20 names for girls born in the U.S. every year from 1889 to 1917.
Edsel Look up Edsel at Dictionary.com
the make of car was introduced 1956, named for Henry and Clara Ford's only child; figurative sense of "something useless and unwanted" is almost as old. Edsel is a family name, attested since 14c. (William de Egeshawe), from High Edser in Ewhurst, Surrey.
educable (adj.) Look up educable at Dictionary.com
1836, "fit to be educated;" see educate + -able. Related: educability (1821 in phrenology).
educate (v.) Look up educate at Dictionary.com
mid-15c., "bring up (children), to train," from Latin educatus, past participle of educare "bring up, rear, educate," which is related to educere "bring out, lead forth," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "provide schooling" is first attested 1580s. Related: Educated; educating.
educated (adj.) Look up educated at Dictionary.com
1660s, past participle adjective from educate (v.). As an abbreviated way to say well-educated, attested from 1855. Educated guess first attested 1954.
education (n.) Look up education at Dictionary.com
1530s, "childrearing," also "the training of animals," from Middle French education (14c.) and directly from Latin educationem (nominative educatio), from past participle stem of educare (see educate). Originally of education in social codes and manners; meaning "systematic schooling and training for work" is from 1610s.
educational (adj.) Look up educational at Dictionary.com
1650s, "due to education;" 1831, "pertaining to education;" from education + -al (1). Related: Educationally.
educationese (n.) Look up educationese at Dictionary.com
"the jargon of school administrators," 1966, from education + -ese.
educative (adj.) Look up educative at Dictionary.com
1795, from Latin educat-, past participle stem of educare (see educate) + -ive.
educator (n.) Look up educator at Dictionary.com
1560s, "one who nourishes or rears;" 1670s, "one who trains or instructs," from Latin educator (in classical Latin, "a foster father" as well as "a tutor"), agent noun from past participle stem of educare (see educate). Latin educatrix meant "a nurse."
educe (v.) Look up educe at Dictionary.com
early 15c., in the literal sense, from Latin educere "to lead out, bring out" (of troops, ships, etc.; see educate). Meaning "to draw a conclusion from data" is from 1837.
educrat (n.) Look up educrat at Dictionary.com
1968, usually pejorative; first element from education, second from bureaucrat. Said to have been coined by Claude R. Kirk Jr. (b.1926), governor of Florida.
While political leaders and corporate CEOs, focusing as usual on the quarterly return, call for "workers for the new economy," their educational reforms are producing just that: students with a grab-bag of minor skills and competencies and minds that are sadly uneventful, incapable of genuine intellectual achievement and lacking any sense of continuity with the historical and cultural traditions of our society. Their world is small, bleak, and limited; their world will become ours. [David Solway, "The Turtle Hypodermic of Sickenpods," Quebec, 2000]
Edward Look up Edward at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, from Old English Eadweard, literally "prosperity-guard," from ead "wealth, prosperity" + weard "guardian" (see ward (n.)). Among the 10 most popular names for boys born in the U.S. every year from 1895 to 1930.
Edwardian (adj.) Look up Edwardian at Dictionary.com
1861, in reference to the medieval English kings of that name; 1908 in the sense of "of the time or reign of Edward VII" (1901-10), and, since 1934, especially with reference to the men's clothing styles (as in teddy-boy, 1954, for which see Teddy). From Edward + -ian.
Edwin Look up Edwin at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, from Old English Ead-wine, literally "prosperity-friend."
eek Look up eek at Dictionary.com
sound of a squeak of fear, by 1940.
eel (n.) Look up eel at Dictionary.com
Old English æl, from Proto-Germanic *ælaz (cognates: Old Frisian -el, Middle Dutch ael, Dutch aal, Old Saxon and Old High German al, German Aal, Old Norse all), of unknown origin, with no certain cognates outside Germanic. Used figuratively for slipperiness from at least 1520s.
eeny Look up eeny at Dictionary.com
the children's counting-out rhyme is first attested 1855 as eeny meeny moany mite; form eene meenee mainee mo is attested from 1923. Another variation is eeny meeny tipty te.
eerie (adj.) Look up eerie at Dictionary.com
c.1300, "fearful, timid," north England and Scottish variant of Old English earg "cowardly, fearful," from Proto-Germanic *argaz (cognates: Old Frisian erg "evil, bad," Middle Dutch arch "bad," Dutch arg, Old High German arg "cowardly, worthless," German arg "bad, wicked," Old Norse argr "unmanly, voluptuous," Swedish arg "malicious").

Sense of "causing fear because of strangeness" is first attested 1792. Related: Eerily. Finnish arka "cowardly" is a Germanic loan-word.
eff Look up eff at Dictionary.com
1943, euphemism for fuck, representing the sound of its first letter. Related: Effing.
effable (adj.) Look up effable at Dictionary.com
1630s, from French effable, from Latin effabilis, from effari "to utter" (see ineffable). Now obsolete or archaic.
efface (v.) Look up efface at Dictionary.com
late 15c., from Middle French effacer, from Old French esfacier (12c.) "to wipe out, destroy," literally "to remove the face," from es- "out" (see ex-) + face "appearance," from Latin facies "face" (see face (n.)). Related: Effaced; effacing. Compare deface.
effect (n.) Look up effect at Dictionary.com
late 14c., "a result," from Old French efet (13c., Modern French effet) "result, execution, completion, ending," from Latin effectus "accomplishment, performance," from past participle stem of efficere "work out, accomplish," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + facere "to do" (see factitious).

Meaning "impression produced on the beholder" is from 1736. Sense in stage effect, sound effect, etc. first recorded 1881. The verb is from 1580s. Related: Effecting; effection.
effected (adj.) Look up effected at Dictionary.com
"brought about," past participle adjective from effect (v.). Sometimes used erroneously for affected.
effective (adj.) Look up effective at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from French effectif, from Latin effectivus "productive, effective," from effect-, stem of efficere (see effect (n.)). Effectively in the sense of "actually" is attested by 1650s. Related: Effectivity.
effectiveness (n.) Look up effectiveness at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from effective + -ness.
effects (n.) Look up effects at Dictionary.com
"goods, property," 1704, plural of effect (n.).
effectual (adj.) Look up effectual at Dictionary.com
late 14c., Old French effectuel, from Late Latin effectualis, from Latin effectus "accomplishment, performance" (see effect (n.)). Used properly of actions (not agents) and with a sense "having the effect aimed at." Related: Effectually; effectuality.
effectuate (v.) Look up effectuate at Dictionary.com
1570s, from French effectuer, from Latin effectus (see effect (n.)). Related: Effectuated; effectuating.
effeminacy (n.) Look up effeminacy at Dictionary.com
c.1600; see effeminate + -acy.
effeminate (adj.) Look up effeminate at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Latin effeminatus "womanish, effeminate," past participle of effeminare "make a woman of," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + femina "woman" (see feminine). Rarely used without reproach. Related: Effeminately.
effendi (n.) Look up effendi at Dictionary.com
Turkish title of respect, 1610s, from Turkish efendi, title of respect applied to professionals and officials, corruption of Greek authentes "lord, master" (in Modern Greek aphente; see authentic).
efferent (adj.) Look up efferent at Dictionary.com
1827, from Latin efferentem (nominative efferens), present participle of effere "to carry out or away, bring forth," from ef- (see ex-) + ferre "to bear, carry" (see infer).
effervesce (v.) Look up effervesce at Dictionary.com
1702, from Latin effervescere (see effervescence). Related: Effervesced; effervescing.
effervescence (n.) Look up effervescence at Dictionary.com
1650s, "the action of boiling up," from French effervescence (1640s), from Latin effervescentem, present participle of effervescere "to boil up, boil over," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fervescere "begin to boil," from fervere "be hot, boil" (see brew). Figurative sense of "liveliness" is from 1748. Related: Effervescency.