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  1. a strong taste or flavor.
  2. the distinctive flavor or quality of a thing.
  3. a pungent or distinctive odor.
  4. a touch or suggestion of something; slight trace.
  5. a long and slender projecting strip, tongue, or prong forming part of an object, as a chisel, file, or knife, and serving as a means of attachment for another part, as a handle or stock.
  6. a surgeonfish.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with a tang.
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Origin of tang1

1300–50; Middle English tange tongue of a snake, projection on a tool, perhaps < Old Norse tangi projection, headland


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1. savor. 4. taste, hint.


  1. a sharp ringing or twanging sound; clang.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to ring or twang; clang.
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Origin of tang2

1550–60; imitative; see ting1
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Examples from the Web for tanged

Historical Examples

  • On his face he felt a brisk spray, and the air was tanged with salt.

    Ripeness is All

    Jesse Roarke

  • The derivation of this form of spear-head from the so-called Arreton Down type of tanged blade is now admitted.

  • Instead the rich vigor of the brine subtends them and bears them, tanged with salt, to our deeper delectation.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • A short while back I sang the praises of the feast in the open—the feast of your own kill, tanged with the wood smoke.

    The River and I

    John G. Neihardt

British Dictionary definitions for tanged


  1. a strong taste or flavourthe tang of the sea
  2. a pungent or characteristic smellthe tang of peat fires
  3. a trace, touch, or hint of somethinga tang of cloves in the apple pie
  4. the pointed end of a tool, such as a chisel, file, knife, etc, which is fitted into a handle, shaft, or stock
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse tangi point; related to Danish tange point, spit


  1. the imperial dynasty of China from 618–907 ad
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Word Origin and History for tanged



mid-14c., "serpent's tongue" (thought to be a stinging organ), later "sharp extension of a metal blade" (1680s), from Old Norse tangi "spit of land, pointed metal tool," perhaps related to tunga "tongue" (see tongue). Figurative sense of "a sharp taste" is first recorded mid-15c.; that of "suggestion, trace" is from 1590s. The fish (1734) so called for their spines.

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