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tecum (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of tucum



From Latin (you) + cum (with).

Two, not necessarily mutually exclusive explanations have been offered:

The first explanation was offered by Cicero, who believed that the normal word order of cum nōbīs "with us" would sound too much like cunnō bis "twice in the cunt", so the words were reversed. This reversal was then applied to cum vōbīs, cum mē, cum tē, and cum sē.

A modern explanation is that the word ordering comes from the fact that in Proto-Indo-European the word *ḱóm (from which cum derives) was an adverb, not a preposition as it became in Latin. As such the *kom could appear before or after the object pronoun since it was the object of the verb, not the object of a preposition. As these special particles evolved into prepositions this word order became archaic even though it was still commonly used. Thus the contraction nōbīscum (and mēcum, etc.) evolved into an adverb in its own right.


(Classical) IPA(key): /ˈteː.kum/, [ˈt̪eː.kʊ̃ˑ]


tēcum (not comparable)

  1. with you, with thee
    Tēcum sentiō.
    I agree with you.
    Tēcum simul.
    Together with you.
    Pax tēcum.
    Peace be with you.


  • Asturian: tigo
  • Emilian: têg
  • Italian: teco
  • Old Portuguese: tigo
  • Spanish: contigo

See alsoEdit


  • tecum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tecum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • tecum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • I have a point to discuss with you: res mihi tecum est
    • I agree with you there: hoc mihi tecum convēnit (Att. 6. 1. 14)
  • tecum in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly