[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for fanging (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

Derived forms of fang

fanged, adjectivefangless, adjectivefanglike, adjective

Word Origin for fang

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

British Dictionary definitions for fanging (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

Word Origin for fang

C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio

British Dictionary definitions for fanging (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
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Science definitions for fanging

[ 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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