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From Middle English what, from Old English hwæt (what), from Proto-Germanic *hwat (what), from Proto-Indo-European *kʷód (what), neuter form of *kʷós (who). Cognate with Scots what (what), North Frisian wat (what), Saterland Frisian wat (what), West Frisian wat (what), Dutch wat (what), Low German wat (what), German was (what), Danish hvad (what), Norwegian Bokmål hva (what), Swedish vad (what), Norwegian Nynorsk kva (what), Icelandic hvað (what), Latin quod (what, which).