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verb (used with object) British Dialect.
  1. to seize; grab.
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Origin of fang2

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


  1. one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is injected.
  2. a canine tooth.
  3. a tooth resembling a dog's.
  4. the root of a tooth.
  5. one of the chelicerae of a spider.
  6. a pointed, tapering part of a thing.
  7. Machinery. the tang of a tool.
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Origin of fang1

before 1050; Middle English, Old English: something caught; cognate with German Fang capture, booty, Old Norse fang a grasp, hold. See fang2
Related formsfanged [fangd] /fæŋd/, adjectivefang·less, adjectivefang·like, adjectiveun·fanged, adjective
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  • As he spoke, a thousand fanged thoughts stung me to the heart.

  • After the cat went a jaguar, black, fanged, also with yellow eyes.

    Sinister Paradise

    Robert Moore Williams

  • Then, even if they did not fall to some fanged or taloned prowler, they'd starve.

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    James Arthur Kjelgaard

  • He was loved by every man, woman and child, and feared only by the fanged wolves and hyenas that threatened to ravage the flock.

    Labor and Freedom

    Eugene V. Debs

  • And the fanged face of the drock turned into the square, battered face of Jarvis Spurling.

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British Dictionary definitions for fanged


  1. the long pointed hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake through which venom is injected
  2. any large pointed tooth, esp the canine or carnassial tooth of a carnivorous mammal
  3. the root of a tooth
  4. (usually plural) British informal toothclean your fangs
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Derived Formsfanged, adjectivefangless, adjectivefanglike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English fang what is caught, prey; related to Old Norse fang a grip, German Fang booty


verb (intr)
  1. to drive at great speed
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  1. an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a fang
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Word Origin

C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio


  1. 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
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family
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Word Origin and History for fanged



Old English fang "prey, spoils, plunder, booty; a seizing or taking," from gefangen, past participle of fon "seize, take, capture," from Proto-Germanic *fango- (cf. Old Frisian fangia, Middle Dutch and Dutch vangen, Old Norse fanga, German fangen, Gothic fahan), from PIE root *pag- "to make firm, fix;" connected to Latin pax (genitive pacis) "peace" (see pact).

The sense of "canine tooth" (1550s) probably developed from Old English fengtoð, literally "catching- or grasping-tooth." Transferred to the venom tooth of a serpent, etc., by 1800.

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fanged in Science


  1. 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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