From Middle English bache, bæcche ("bank, sandbank"), from Old English bæċe, beċe ("beck, brook, stream"), from Proto-West Germanic *baki, from Proto-Germanic *bakiz ("brook"), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰog- ("flowing water").
Cognate with Dutch beek ("brook, stream"), German Bach ("brook, stream"), Swedish bäck ("stream, brook, creek"). More at batch, beck.
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