\ \ [12] No Old English evidence of this verb, which originally meant ‘increase’, has been found, but related forms in other Germanic languages, such as Old Norse auka and Gothic aukan, suggest that it did exist. Both these and a range of non-Germanic verbs, such as Latin augēre (source of English auction, augment, and author) and Greek aúkhein, point to an ultimate Indo-European ancestor *aug- (from which comes English waxgrow’). The first syllable of nickname was originally eke.
\ \ Until comparatively recently English had another word eke [OE], which meant ‘also’ (German auch and Dutch ookalso’ are related to it). It is not clear whether it is ultimately the same word as the verb eke.

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