• From Middle English sake, from Old English sacu, from Proto-Germanic *sakō, from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂g-. Akin to West Frisian saak, Low German Saak, Dutch zaak, German Sache, Danish sag, Swedish and Norwegian sak, Gothic 𐍃𐌰𐌺𐌾𐍉, Old English sōcn ("inquiry, prosecution"), Old English sēcan. More at soke, soken, seek.

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