ᴹ√SWES root. “noise of blowing or breathing”
A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “noise of blowing or breathing” with derivatives like ᴹQ. hwesta- “to puff” and ᴹQ. hwesta/N. chwest “breeze, breath, puff (of air)” (Ety/SWES). Q. hwesta “breeze” appeared in The Lord of the Rings Appendix E (LotR/1123), indicating this root’s ongoing validity.
Reference ✧ Ety/SWES ✧ “noise of blowing or breathing”