tenere etymology

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

Detailed word origin of tenere

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tengʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
tener Latin (lat) (poetic) erotic. Effeminate, sensitive. Soft, delicate, tender. Young, youthful.
*tn̥-eh₁-(ye)- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*tetóne Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be stretched, extended.
*tenēō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Hold.
tento Latin (lat) I handle, touch.. I try, test.
tenere Italian (ita) (transitive) to hold, keep. (transitive) to take. (transitive, regional) to have.