Definition of Teutonic in English:

Teutonic

adjective

  • 1Relating to the Teutons.

    • ‘Having changed hands many times over the centuries, the region is as much German as French, and Christmas markets are heavily Teutonic in character.’
    • ‘In the English, French and German nations old Celtic, Teutonic, and other elements have blended into a new formation, the present nationality.’
    • ‘The forest, in which Russell Crowe's Roman general first demonstrates his military prowess as Roman general by leading the battle against Teutonic hordes, is owned by the Forestry Commission in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘For him, nations are historically circumscribed political forms dating from the Teutonic invasions of the fifth through tenth centuries, born out of bloody violence and conquest rather than peaceful evolution.’
    • ‘What those ideas involve is not spelt out, but it might be that the orchestral music's forceful, at times implacable insistence has more to do with Greek or Teutonic gods who bring retribution rather than salvation.’
    • ‘The Carl Reh winery was the first German company to abandon the tall, thin Teutonic bottle and labels of heavy gothic script.’
    • ‘After 11 albums one would think the Teutonic ensemble had exhausted the possibilities of its limited palette, but Perpetuum Mobile is as startling and inspired a record as any the band has ever made.’
    • ‘While the Germans celebrated ancient Teutonic notions of freedom, similar ideas were thriving in England and France.’
    • ‘Twelve years in the waiting, if not the making, the new opus from Teutonic titans of tone, Kraftwerk, is released.’
    • ‘And another question: if Jack Robinson's heritage is English, why do all his living relatives have Teutonic names and (more or less) accents?’
    • ‘Staying in a Teutonic vein, the season moves on to Weill in Weimar, a cabaret style evening at the Paramount on Jasper featuring Kurt Weill's three singspiele The Threepenny Opera, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahoganny, and Happy End.’
    • ‘It thus covers a period of about 13 centuries, and comprehends such vast subjects as the establishment of Christianity, the movements and settlements of the Teutonic tribes, the conquests of the Muslims, and the Crusades.’
    • ‘In her 1999 U.S. debut, Leipzig-born Susanne Kuhn filled Bill Mayne's gallery with slyly rhapsodic paintings of dense Teutonic forests, misty cascades, surging streams and radiant peaks.’
    • ‘In these debates fascism is almost cast as a kitsch rejection of modern art, a retro return to a mythic, Teutonic past.’
    • ‘The lake's surroundings have a faintly Teutonic air - a reminder of the times when large parts of northern Italy were under German and Austrian control.’
    • ‘The name Easter probably comes from the Anglo-Saxon Eastre, and like the German Ostern is thought to come from the name of the Teutonic goddess Ostara, the goddess of Spring and a new dawn.’
    • ‘And the car parks are generally populated with modern Teutonic models.’
    • ‘A parliamentary committee in Germany investigates radio and TV quotas for Teutonic pop in an attempt to stem the tide of British and American hits.’
    • ‘The state that Frederick William left Brandenburg-Prussia in when he died in 1688, set the seal on what people would class as being Teutonic in future years.’
    • ‘It combined mythical warrior gods and goddesses of Teutonic (ancient northern European) times with real stories of court life in the Middle Ages.’
    1. 1.1derogatory Displaying the characteristics popularly attributed to Germans:
      ‘making preparations with Teutonic thoroughness’
      • ‘‘Please not too many of those Neanderthal, moustache, Teutonic efficiency etc. references this time,’ says Oliver Driesen with a typically efficient word/point ratio.’
      • ‘This theme runs wide and deep in German culture, and culinary work - part assembly line, part art - illuminates it nicely, affording, as it were, both a Teutonic and a Latin approach.’
      • ‘As is to be expected, everything is planned and works with Teutonic thoroughness.’
      • ‘None of these characteristics we would normally associate with the Teutonic temperament, but from the little Lupo through the beautiful new Beetle to the potent Passat, there is a real sense of presence and individuality.’
      • ‘It is tried, trusted and reassuringly Teutonic.’
      • ‘With Teutonic thoroughness he covered everything.’
      • ‘Rehhagel's recipe for success was typical Teutonic thoroughness in preparation, team-spirit and superb fitness.’
      • ‘The result is winning, shimmering pop that sounds quaint and postmodern, sternly Teutonic and curiously homely at the same time.’
      • ‘The best driver of his generation has long seemed like a parody of Teutonic self-discipline, utterly ruthless, spookily calm and obsessively single-minded.’
      • ‘Companies that normally couldn't find you a plasterer will suddenly bristle with Teutonic efficiency and launch an all-singing, all-dancing scheme right before the tax incentives expire.’
      • ‘With his Teutonic bearing, marcelled hair and guttural, buzzsaw voice the former US official would have trouble being inconspicuous.’
      • ‘I must say I was impressed by the senior BMW folk from the Fatherland, they just gave a massive air of commitment and confidence, and the to be expected Teutonic thoroughness was evident.’
      • ‘Now Stef's complaining that fans lack the old Teutonic work ethic.’
      • ‘And - with Teutonic precision - the regulation three buses turned up at once.’
      • ‘But put it on the right stage and all that Teutonic fine tuning pays off, because then it starts to deliver fun, and by the skipload.’
      • ‘However, the product promotion that is part and parcel of the phenomenon has come in for some very Teutonic scrutiny.’
      • ‘True, Marx mentions a few authors by name, but only to pour heavily Teutonic scorn and contumely upon them.’
      • ‘The Italians' approach is more Teutonic (some might say obsessive - compulsive) than Mediterranean and it was reflected on the pitch on Wednesday night against Belgium.’
      • ‘Inevitably he has his critics, those who identify a Teutonic arrogance in him.’
      • ‘Ralph-Rainer Ohlsen demonstrates an almost perfect combination of Teutonic thoroughness, probably instilled into him by his upbringing, but tempered with a sense of humour and love of life inherited from his biological father.’
  • 2archaic Denoting the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family.

    • ‘Linguistic relatives are English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic, all of which descend from the ancient Teutonic language.’
    • ‘The English word supper is derived from an old Teutonic word meaning to sup (sip, soup and sop all originated from the same word).’
    • ‘In France, no doubt, English is looked upon as a Teutonic language, such as German or Danish.’

noun

archaic
  • [mass noun] The language of the Teutons.

    • ‘Bertha (whose descent is indeterminately Swedish, Teutonic, Bulgarian, or Polish) works as a domestic servant in Lummox.’

Pronunciation:

Teutonic

/tjuːˈtɒnɪk/