• From Middle English waste, wast, from Old English wǣst, *wǣxt, from Proto-Germanic *wahstuz ("growth, development, stature, build"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂weg- ("to multiply, increase"). Cognate with Middle High German wahst ("growth"), Danish vækst ("growth"), Swedish växt ("growth, development, size"), Icelandic vöxtur ("growth"), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌷𐍃𐍄𐌿𐍃 ("growth"). Related to Old English weaxan ("to grow, increase"). More at wax.

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