Etimoloji [ 'to ] (transitive verb.) before 12th century. From Middle English tawen, from Old English tawian (“to do, make”), from Proto-Germanic *tawjanan (“to make, prepare”), from Proto-Indo-European *dewǝ- (“to tie to, secure”). Cognate with Dutch touwen (“to rope, tether, curry”), Dutch tuien (“to fasten with ropes”), German Tau (“rope, hawser, cable”), Gothic (taujan, “to make, prepare”). Related to tool and tether.