[ fang ]
/ fæŋ /
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Origin of fang

before 1050; Middle English, Old English: something caught; cognate with German Fang capture, booty, Old Norse fang a grasp, hold. See fang2
fanged [fangd], /fæŋd/, adjectivefangless, adjectivefanglike, adjectiveun·fanged, adjective

Definition for fang (2 of 3)

[ fang ]
/ fæŋ /

verb (used with object) British Dialect.

to seize; grab.

Origin of fang

before 900; Middle English fangen to seize, catch; cognate with Old Saxon fangan,German fangen, variant of proto-Germanic *fanhan-, whence Old English fōn, cognate with Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic fāhan,Old Norse fā; akin to Old English gefangian to fasten

Definition for fang (3 of 3)

[ fang, fahng, fahn ]
/ fæŋ, fɑŋ, fɑ̃ /

noun, plural Fangs, (especially collectively) Fang for 1.

Also called Pahouin, Pangwe. a member of an Indigenous people of Gabon, Cameroon, and adjacent areas.
the Bantu language spoken by this people.
Also Fan [fan, fahn] /fæn, fɑn/ .
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British Dictionary definitions for fang (1 of 3)

/ (fæŋ) /


the long pointed hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake through which venom is injected
any large pointed tooth, esp the canine or carnassial tooth of a carnivorous mammal
the root of a tooth
(usually plural) British informal toothclean your fangs
fanged, adjectivefangless, adjectivefanglike, adjective
Old English fang what is caught, prey; related to Old Norse fang a grip, German Fang booty

British Dictionary definitions for fang (2 of 3)

/ (fæŋ) Australian informal /

verb (intr)

to drive at great speed


an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a fang
C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio

British Dictionary definitions for fang (3 of 3)

/ (fæŋ, fɑːŋ) /


plural Fangs or Fang a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the rain forests of Gabon and Rio Muni: noted for their use of iron and copper money and for their sculpture
the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for fang

[ făng ]

A long, pointed tooth in vertebrate animals or a similar structure in spiders, used to seize prey and sometimes to inject venom. The fangs of a poisonous snake, for example, have a hollow groove through which venom flows.
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