tonic etymology

English word tonic comes from Proto-Indo-European *tengʰ-, Proto-Indo-European - -os, and later Proto-Hellenic *téňňō (To stretch.)

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Detailed word origin of tonic

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tengʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
- -os Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*téňňō Proto-Hellenic (grk-pro) To stretch.
*tónos Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) Chord, fiber, string. Something stretched.
τείνω Ancient Greek (grc)
*tónos Proto-Hellenic (grk-pro)
τόνος Ancient Greek (grc)
τονικός Ancient Greek (grc)
tonic English (eng) (US, Massachusetts) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.. (figuratively) Someone or something that revitalises or reinvigorates.. A substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate.. Tonic water. (physics, pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.. Restorative, curative or invigorating.

Words with the same origin as tonic

Descendants of - -os
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