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English

From Middle English onkome (a swelling), from earlier oncome, oncume (an unexpected evil), from Middle English ancomen, oncumen, from Old English oncumen, past participle of ancuman (to arrive, come upon, happen); equivalent to on- + come. Cognate with Dutch aankomen (to arrive, to gain weight), German ankommen (to arrive), Swedish ankomma (to arrive).