The English verbs put and get have a long etymological history and several close etymological relatives amongst the Germanic languages. But correspondences to standard German seem to be completely absent (according to Wiktionary).

Do you know any siblings in standard or dialect German?


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Both "to put", and "to get" do indeed seem to have old Germanic roots from their etymology.

to put
...probably from a Germanic stem that also produced Danish putte "to put," Swedish dialectal putta; Middle Dutch pote "scion, plant," Dutch poten "to plant," Old Norse pota "to poke." Etymology Online

to get
...from Proto-Germanic getan [...]. Old English, as well as Dutch and Frisian, had the root only in compounds (e.g. begietan "to beget," see beget; forgietan "to forget," see forget) [...] Etymology Online

In contemporary German not much of the Germanic roots is preserved. However there are some remnants, at least in dialects from the northern regions, or in compounds.

Here are some examples I found:

paten/poten: (to plant)
verb. pflänzlinge setzen: "als ob er nichts weiter gethan hätte als weiden paten". Bode Montaigne 3, 70. ein nd. wort, abgeleitet von mnd. pate, pote, potte, nd. pate, setzling, pôte, pfropfreis [...] Grimm

vergessen: (to forget)
Es handelt sich um präfigierte Verben zu einem Simplex, das in ahd. geʒʒan ‘erlangen’ (8. Jh.), anord. geta ‘schaffen, erreichen, erzeugen, lernen, nennen, vermuten’ (woraus mengl. geten, engl. to get ‘erhalten, bekommen’) DWDS

  • I wonder if you think SCHTUPPEN is related to put? Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 17:21
  • @MartyGreen: schtuppen is more likely to be related to stopfen, stupfen - both have a common root with the English "to stop".
    – Takkat
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 17:52

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