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




one of the long, sharp, hollow or grooved teeth of a venomous snake by which poison is injected.
a canine tooth.
a tooth resembling a dog's.
the root of a tooth.
one of the chelicerae of a spider.
a pointed, tapering part of a thing.
Machinery. the tang of a tool.

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
Related formsfanged [fangd] /fæŋd/, adjectivefang·less, adjectivefang·like, adjectiveun·fanged, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for fanged

Contemporary Examples of fanged

  • So I never allow myself to take anything for granted (or the fanged writing gods will descend on me).

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    Noah Charney

    June 5, 2013

  • We swipe a fanged cupcake and fight one last battle, to get out of the party.

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    New Moon Rises Over Hollywood

    Kim Masters

    November 17, 2009

Historical Examples of fanged

  • 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.

    Swamp Cat

    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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    Robert J. Shea

British Dictionary definitions for fanged




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
Derived Formsfanged, adjectivefangless, adjectivefanglike, adjective

Word Origin for fang

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



verb (intr)

to drive at great speed


an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a fang

Word Origin for fang

C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio



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
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for fanged



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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