(music) "to play"
12th cent. Originally meaning "to touch." The sense development parallels tocar. From Latin tangere "to touch."
From Proto-Italic *tang-e- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *th2-n̥-g- 'id.' From the root *teh2g- of the same meaning.
Romance: Western Vulgar Latin: Portuguese tanger, Italian tangere
Italic: Umbrian antakres "by the untouched"
Indo-European: Germanic: Gothic tekan "to touch," Old Norse taka "to take," "to touch," English to take; Hellenic: Ancient Greek τεταγών (tetagón) "having seized;" Tocharian: B ceśäṃ "to touch"