Ton

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Alemannic German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Bernian tænd; compare German Zahn and Dutch tand.

Noun[edit]

Ton (genitive singular Tones, plural Tän, genitive plural Tänens)

  1. (Berne dialectal) tooth

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German[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

With irregular t- (as in tausend) and widespread dialectal -ā--ō- from Middle High German dāhen, tāhen, inflected form of dāhe, tāhe, from Old High German thāha, dāha, tāha, from Proto-Germanic *þanhǭ. Cognate with Old English þō, Old Norse þá, Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐌷𐍉 (þāhō).

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Noun[edit]

Ton m (genitive Tons or Tones, plural Tone)

  1. clay
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle High German tōn, from Latin tonus, from Ancient Greek τόνος (tónos).

Noun[edit]

Ton m (genitive Tons or Tones, plural Töne)

  1. tone
    • 1929, Kurt Tucholsky, Das Lächeln der Mona Lisa (Sammelband), Ernst Rowohlt Verlag, page 43:
      Eine der unangenehmsten Peinlichkeiten in deutschen Gerichtssälen ist die Überheblichkeit der Vorsitzenden im Ton den Angeklagten gegenüber.
      One of the most unpleasant embarrassments in German court rooms is the hubris of the presiding judges in the tone towards the defendants.
  2. (music) note (a musical pitch or sound)
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References[edit]

  • Kluge, Friedrich (1975). Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache. 21. unveränderte Auflage. →ISBN. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 781–82.

Pennsylvania German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Compare German Ton.

Noun[edit]

Ton m (plural Teen)

  1. sound
  2. tone