Verb from Middle English liken, from Old English līcian ("to please; be sufficient"), from Proto-West Germanic *līkēn, from Proto-Germanic *līkāną ("to please"), from Proto-Indo-European *leyg- ("image; likeness; similarity").
Cognate with Saterland Frisian liekje ("to be similar, resemble"), Dutch lijken ("to seem"), German Low German lieken ("to be like; resemble"), German gleichen ("to resemble"), Swedish lika ("to like; put up with; align with"), Norwegian like ("to like"), Icelandic líka ("to like").
Noun from Middle English like, from the verb Middle English liken.
Adjective from Middle English like, lyke, from Old English ġelīċ by shortening, influenced by Old Norse líkr, glíkr; both from Proto-Germanic *galīkaz. Related to alike; more distantly, with lich and -ly. Cognate with West Frisian like ("like; as"), Saterland Frisian gliek ("like"), Danish lig ("alike"), Dutch gelijk ("like, alike"), German gleich ("equal, like"), Icelandic líkur ("alike, like, similar"), Norwegian lik ("like, alike") Swedish lik ("like, similar")
Adverb from Middle English like, lyke, liche, lyche, from Old English ġelīċe and Old Norse líka; both from Proto-Germanic *galīkê, from Proto-Germanic *galīkaz.
Conjunction from Middle English like, lyke, lik, lyk, from the adverb Middle English like.
Preposition from Middle English like, lyke, liche, lyche, lijc, liih, from Middle English like and like.