prototonic

adjective
pro·​to·​ton·​ic | \ ˌprō-tə-ˈtä-nik How to pronounce prototonic (audio) \

Definition of prototonic

1 : characterized by accent on the first syllable
2 of Old Irish compound verbs : stressed on the first element of a verbal form — compare deuterotonic

First Known Use of prototonic

circa 1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prototonic

proto- + tonic entry 2

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“Prototonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prototonic. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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