1550s from L. urgere, to press hard, push, drive, compel
from pie root werg- to work. cf. avestan vereza, work, activity
gk. ergon, work, orgia religious performances, organon tool,
armeian gorc work lith. tie, fasten squeeze,vargas need, distress,
o.c.s. vragu enemy, o.e. wyrcan work, goth wrikan persecute,
o.e. wrecan drive, hunt, pursue, o.n. yrka work, take effect.
o.e. plegian to excercise, frolic perform music
from w.gmc. plegan. – cf. m.du. pleyen to rejoice and be glad
of uncertain origin
1. sleep o.e. raeste, reste . rest. bed. intermission of labor. mental peace
from p.gmc rastjo rasto. original sense seems to be a measure of distance
cf. o.h.g. rasta league of miles, o.n. rost league. distance after which one rests.
gothic rasta mile. stage of a journey.
2.remainder, early 15c., from m.fr. reste remnant, from rester to remain,
from l. restare stand back. be left. from,re- back+stare, to stand.
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