prototonic

adjective

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

Word History

Etymology

proto- + tonic entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of prototonic was circa 1900

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“Prototonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prototonic. Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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