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Etymology 1[edit]

From earlier tend, from Middle English tenden, teenden, from Old English tendan (to kindle) (usually attested in compounds); related to Danish tænde, German zünden. More at tend.

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tind (third-person singular simple present tinds, present participle tinding, simple past and past participle tinded or tind)

  1. (obsolete) To ignite, kindle.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      Her harty wondes so deepe into the mynd / Of the yong Damzell sunke, that great desire / Of warlike armes in her forthwith they tynd [...].

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English tind, tynd, from Old English tind (tine, prong, tooth), from Proto-Germanic *tinduz, *tindaz (prong, pinnacle), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)dont- (tooth, projection). Cognate with Dutch tinne (battlement), German Zinne (pinnacle, battlement), Danish tinde (pinnacle, battlement), Swedish tinne (tooth of a rake), Icelandic tindur (spike, tooth of a rake or harrow, pinnacle, peak, battlement). Related also to Dutch tand (tooth, tine), English tooth.

Alternative forms[edit]


tind (plural tinds)

  1. A prong or something projecting like a prong; an animal's horn; a branch or limb of a tree; a protruding arm.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) A branch of a deer's antler; the horn of a unicorn; a tooth of a harrow; a spike.



Old English[edit]


From Germanic, of unknown ultimate origin. Cognate with Old High German zint, Old Norse tindr, and related to Old High German zinna (German Zinne ‘pinnacle’).



tind m (nominative plural tindas)

  1. a point or prong on a weapon or implement; a tine