[too-ton-ik, tyoo-]
  1. of or relating to the ancient Teutons.
  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Teutons or Germans; German.
  3. noting or pertaining to the northern European stock that includes the German, Dutch, Scandinavian, British, and related peoples.
  4. (of languages) Germanic.
  5. Nordic.

Origin of Teutonic

First recorded in 1580–90; Teuton + -ic
Related formsTeu·ton·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti-Teu·ton·ic, adjectivenon-Teu·ton·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for teutonic

Contemporary Examples of teutonic

Historical Examples of teutonic

  • This was said in a guttural voice, the accent being quite Teutonic.


    James Huneker

  • It is said to be a language of Latin roots with a Teutonic grammar.

    A Short History of Spain

    Mary Platt Parmele

  • "Awful," echoed Schomberg, in a Teutonic throaty tone of despair.


    Joseph Conrad

  • Observe the Teutonic sense of proportion and nice forgiving temper.


    Joseph Conrad

  • There was positively a smile in his noble Teutonic beard, the first smile for weeks.


    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for teutonic


  1. characteristic of or relating to the German peopleTeutonic thoroughness
  2. of or relating to the ancient Teutons
  3. (not used in linguistics) of or relating to the Germanic languages
  1. an obsolete name for Germanic
Derived FormsTeutonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for teutonic



c.1600, "of or pertaining to the Germanic languages and to peoples or tribes who speak or spoke them," from Latin Teutonicus, from Teutones, name of a tribe that inhabited coastal Germany and devastated Gaul 113-101 B.C.E., probably from a Proto-Germanic word related to Old High German diot "people" (see Dutch), from *teuta, the common PIE word for "people" (cf. Lithuanian tauto, Oscan touto, Old Irish tuath, Gothic þiuda, Old English þeod).

Used in English in anthropology to avoid the modern political association of German; but in this anthropoligical sense French uses germanique and German uses germanisch, because neither uses its form of German for the narrower national meaning (cf. French allemand, see Alemanni; and German deutsch). In Finnish, Germany is Saksa "Land of the Saxons."

The Teutonic Knights (founded c.1191) were a military order of German knights formed for service in the Holy Land, but who later crusaded in then-pagan Prussia and Lithuania. The Teutonic cross (1882) was the badge of the order. Teuton "a German" is attested from 1833.

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