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[thawng, thong] /θɔŋ, θɒŋ/
a strip of material, especially of leather or hide, used to fasten or secure something.
a strip of leather or hide used for whipping; whiplash.
a shoe or slipper fastened to the foot chiefly by a strip of leather or other material passing between the first and second toes and often attaching to another strip of material, as a strap across the instep or around the ankle.
a brief garment for the lower body that exposes the buttocks, consisting of a strip of fabric passing between the thighs and attached to a band around the waist.
Origin of thong
before 950; Middle English; Old English thwong; akin to Old Norse thvengr strap, thvinga to compel
Related forms
thonged, adjective
Can be confused
thong, tong, tongue. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thong
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  • At one end there was a thong with a loop in it, and it smelled of tiger.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Kingozi dropped his glasses to the end of its thong with a cheer.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Pass me the thong of buckskin, Uncas, and let me take the length of this foot.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • He sat down beside White Fang, holding the end of the thong in his hand.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Then the end of the thong was given over to him by Grey Beaver.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The thong was cut across, diagonally, almost as clean as though done by a knife.

    White Fang Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for thong


a thin strip of leather or other material, such as one used for lashing things together
a whip or whiplash, esp one made of leather
(US & Canadian, Austral & NZ) the usual name for flip-flop (sense 5)
  1. a skimpy article of beachwear, worn by men or women, consisting of thin strips of leather or cloth attached to a piece of material that covers the genitals while leaving the buttocks bare
  2. a similar item of underwear
Word Origin
Old English thwang; related to Old High German dwang reins, Old Norse thvengr strap
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Word Origin and History for thong

Old English þwong "thong, narrow strip of leather (used as a cord, band, strip, etc.)," from Proto-Germanic *thwangaz (cf. Old Norse þvengr), from PIE root *twengh- "to press in on, to restrain." As a kind of sandal, first attested 1965; as a kind of bikini briefs, 1990.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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