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1580, from Latin Teutonicus, from Teutonēs, Teutonī (the Teutons, name of a Germanic tribe that inhabited coastal Germany and devastated Gaul between 113–101 B.C.), equivalent to Teuton +‎ -ic.[1].

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Teutonic (comparative more Teutonic, superlative most Teutonic)

 
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  1. Relating to the ancient Germanic people, the Teutons.
  2. Having qualities that are regarded as typical of German people.
    Teutonic exactitude
    • 1886, Henry James, The Princess Casamassima
      He waited and waited, in the faith that Schinkel was dealing with them in his slow, categorical Teutonic way, and only objurgated the cabinetmaker for having in the first place paltered with his sacred trust. Why hadn't he come straight to him—whatever the mysterious document was—instead of talking it over with French featherheads?
  3. (obsolete) Relating to the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family.

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Teutonic (plural Teutonics)

  1. An ancient Germanic, or modern German, individual.

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  1. ^ Teutŏni, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press