from P.Gmc. *andja
(cf. O.Fris. enda,
), originally "the opposite side," from PIE *antjo
"end, boundary," from base anta-/*anti-
"opposite, in front of, before" (see ante
). Original sense of "outermost part" is obsolete except in phrase ends of the earth.
Sense of "destruction, death" was in O.E. Meaning "division or quarter of a town" was in O.E. The verb is from O.E. endian. The end
"the last straw, the limit" (in a disparaging sense) is from 1929. The phrase end run
is first attested 1902 in U.S. football; extended to military tactics in World War II; general fig. sense is from 1968. End time
in ref. to the end of the world is from 1917. Be-all and end-all
is from Shakespeare ("Macbeth" I.vii.5).
"Worldly wealth he cared not for, desiring onely to make both ends meet."