Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Say, you come out with me some night jest in your workin' clothes.

"Come out of that," he shouted, and made his way through the company as fast as he could.

What if she had come out with him to take a walk; he could not have taken her into one of them!

He had come out in the hall, and had closed the door into the parlor behind him.

Do come out, or the peasant will stick his pitchfork into you.

When you come out, we'll settle who's to cook and who to wash dishes.

He was rarely seen in the paddock, but might this day come out to view The Dutchman.

There is no harm in waiting, the truth will come out at last.

"Wait, I'll come out;" and opening a door in the rail, he passed around to the girl.

I daresay there's plenty of good stuff in you and one of these days it'll come out.


Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.