tennis etymology

English word tennis comes from Proto-Indo-European *tengʰ-, and later Proto-Indo-European *tetóne (To be stretched, extended.)

Detailed word origin of tennis

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tengʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
tener Latin (lat) (poetic) erotic. Effeminate, sensitive. Soft, delicate, tender. Young, youthful.
*tetóne Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be stretched, extended.
*tenēō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Hold.
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
*tenīre Vulgar Latin (la-vul)
*tenio Latin (lat) (Vulgar Latin, Gallo-Romance) I have, possess.. (Vulgar Latin, Gallo-Romance) I hold.
tenir Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) To hold. To possess; to have.
tennis English (eng) (dated) A match in this sport.. (obsolete) An earlier game in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racquet or with the open hand.. (sports) A sport played by two players (or four in doubles), who alternately strike the ball over a net using racquets. (intransitive, dated) To play tennis.. (transitive) To drive backward and forward like a tennis ball.