- to seize; grab.
Origin of fang2
- 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 fang1
Examples from the Web for 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.Star Performer
Robert J. Shea
- 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
- to drive at great speed
- an act or instance of driving in such a waywe took the car for a fang
- 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
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.
- 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.