From Middle English pure, pur, from Old French pur, from Latin pūrus, from Proto-Indo-European *pewH-. Displaced native Middle English lutter ("pure, clear, sincere") (from Old English hlūtor, hluttor), Middle English skere ("pure, sheer, clear") (from Old English scǣre and Old Norse skǣr), Middle English schir ("clear, pure") (from Old English scīr), Middle English smete ("pure, refined") (from Old English smǣte; compare Old English mǣre ("pure")).
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