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English

From Middle English ladder, laddre, from Old English hlǣder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidrijō (compare Scots ledder, North Frisian ladder, Saterland Frisian Laadere, West Frisian ljedder, Dutch ladder, leer, German Leiter), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱleytro (compare Old Irish clithar (hedge), Umbrian [script needed] (kletram, stretcher)), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (to lean). See lean, which is related to lid.

Middle English

From Old English hlǣder, hlædder, from Proto-Germanic *hlaidrijō.