- achtung German word used to command attention, from Ger. achtung, from acht (n.) "attention, care, heed, consideration," achten (v.) "pay attention to, regard, esteem, respect," from O.H.G. ahton "pay attention to," a general Germanic word akin to O.E. eahtian "to estimate, esteem, consider, praise," but with no living descendants in English.
Etymology dictionary. 2014.