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From Middle English stroke, strok, strak, from Old English *strāc (stroke), from Proto-Germanic *straikaz (stroke), from Proto-Indo-European *streyg- (stroke; to strike). Cognate with Scots strak, strake, straik (stroke, blow), Middle Low German strēk (stroke, trick, prank), German Streich (stroke). In its British sense as a name for the slash /, a contraction of oblique stroke, a variant of oblique originally employed in telegraphy.


Borrowed from English stroke.

Middle English

From Old English *strāc, from Proto-Germanic *straikaz.