Word Origin & History
O.E. team "set of draft animals yoked together," from P.Gmc. *taumaz (cf. O.N. taumr, O.Fris. tam, Du. toom, O.H.G. zoum, Ger. Zaum "bridle"), probably lit. "that which draws," from *taugmaz "action of drawing," from series *taukh-, *tukh-, *tug-, represented by O.E. togian "to pull, drag" (see
), from PIE *deuk- "pull" (related to L. ducere "to lead;" see duke
). Applied to people in O.E., especially "group of people acting together to bring suit." Team spirit is recorded from 1928.
1552, "to harness beasts in a team," from team
(n.). The meaning "to come together as a team" (usually with up) is attested from 1932.