beach


beach
[16] Beach is a mystery word. When it first turns up, in the dialect of the southeast corner of England, it means ‘shingle’; and since long stretches of the seashore in Sussex and Kent are pebbly, it is a natural extension that the word for ‘shingle’ should come to be used for ‘shore’. Its ultimate source is obscure, but some etymologists have suggested a connection with Old English bæce or bece ‘stream’ (a relative of English beck [14]), on the grounds that the new meaning could have developed from the notion of the ‘pebbly bed of a stream’. => BECK
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   The word did not appear generally in English until the 16th century. It was originally a dialect term for shingle or pebbles on the seashore. When Shakespeare uses the word, it is not clear whether he meant the general sense or the specific: 'You may as well go stand upon the beach' (The Merchant of Venice). The word itself may relate to Old English bæce, 'stream' (modern beck).

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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