before 1000;Middle Englishbyen, variant of byggen, buggen,Old Englishbycgan; cognate with Old Saxonbuggjan,Gothicbugjan to buy, Old Norsebyggja to lend, rent
nonbuying, adjective, noun
prebuy, verb (used with object), prebought, prebuying.
rebuy, verb, rebought, rebuying.
Can be confused
buy, by, bye (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. Buy, purchase imply obtaining or acquiring property or goods for a price. Buy is the common and informal word, applying to any such transaction: to buy a house, vegetables at the market. Purchase is more formal and may connote buying on a larger scale, in a finer store, and the like: to purchase a year's supplies.
O.E. bycgan (pt. bohte) from P.Gmc. *bugjanan (cf. O.S. buggjan, Goth. bugjan), of unknown origin, not found outside Gmc. The surviving spelling is southwest England dialect; the word was generally pronounced in O.E. and M.E. with a -dg- sound as "budge," or "bidge." Meaning "believe, accept as true" first recorded 1926.