Etymology
Advertisement
web (n.)

Old English webb "woven fabric, woven work, tapestry," from Proto-Germanic *wabjam "fabric, web" (source also of Old Saxon webbi, Old Norse vefr, Dutch webbe, Old High German weppi, German gewebe "web"), from PIE *(h)uebh- "to weave" (see weave (v.)).

Meaning "spider's web" is first recorded early 13c. Applied to the membranes between the toes of ducks and other aquatic birds from 1570s. Internet sense is from 1992, shortened from World Wide Web (1990). Web browser, web page both also attested 1990.

Related entries & more 
Advertisement
spider-web (n.)
1640s, earlier spider's web (1530s), from spider + web (n.).
Related entries & more 
World-Wide Web (n.)
also World Wide Web, 1990. See worldwide + web (n.).
Related entries & more 
Weber 
surname attested from 1255; literally "weaver" (see web).
Related entries & more 
Advertisement
webmaster (n.)
1993, from web in the internet sense + master (n.).
Related entries & more 
website (n.)
also web site, 1994, from web in the internet sense + site.
Related entries & more 
webster (n.)

"a weaver," Old English webbestre "a female weaver," from web (q.v.) + fem. suffix -ster. Noah Webster's dictionary, typically American and execrable for etymology, was first published 1828.

Related entries & more 
blog (n.)

"online journal," 1998, short for weblog (which is attested from 1993 but in the sense "file containing a detailed record of each request received by a web server"), from (World Wide) Web (n.) + log (n.2). Joe Bloggs (c. 1969) was British slang for "any hypothetical person" (compare U.S. equivalent Joe Blow); earlier blog meant "a servant boy" in one of the college houses (c. 1860, see Partridge, who describes this use as a "perversion of bloke"), and, as a verb, "to defeat" in schoolboy slang. The Blogger online publishing service was launched in 1999.

Related entries & more 
MySpace 

social networking Web site, founded in late 2003 and dominant from 2005 to 2009.

Related entries & more