[too-ton-ik, tyoo-]


of or relating to the ancient Teutons.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the Teutons or Germans; German.
noting or pertaining to the northern European stock that includes the German, Dutch, Scandinavian, British, and related peoples.
(of languages) Germanic.


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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Historical Examples of teutonically

  • "Ach zo," he answered, teutonically for the moment, from association with the Baron.

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    William de Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for teutonically



characteristic of or relating to the German peopleTeutonic thoroughness
of or relating to the ancient Teutons
(not used in linguistics) of or relating to the Germanic languages


an obsolete name for Germanic
Derived FormsTeutonically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for teutonically



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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