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From Middle English listenen, listnen, alteration (due to Middle English listen (to listen, give heed to)) of Old English hlysnan (to listen), from Proto-Germanic *hlusnijaną, *hlusnōną (compare Middle High German lüsenen), from Proto-Germanic *hlusēną (compare Old High German hlosēn), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew- (to hear) (compare Ancient Greek κλαίω (klaíō, I make known, famous), Welsh clywed (to hear), Latin clueō (I am famous), Lithuanian klausýti, Old Church Slavonic слѹшати (slušati, to hear), Sanskrit श्रोषति (śróṣati). Related to loud and German lauschen.


From Liste + -en.