- a strip of material, especially of leather or hide, used to fasten or secure something.
- a strip of leather or hide used for whipping; whiplash.
- a shoe or slipper fastened to the foot chiefly by a strip of leather or other material passing between the first and second toes and often attaching to another strip of material, as a strap across the instep or around the ankle.
- a brief garment for the lower body that exposes the buttocks, consisting of a strip of fabric passing between the thighs and attached to a band around the waist.
Origin of thong
Examples from the Web for thong
When he turns around, he revealed an American flag worn like a thong.Inside London's Underground Burlesque and Fetish Scene
August 12, 2014
The replica is part of a set that also includes an equally bejeweled Dream Angels thong cashing in at $58.Beyonce Releases Model-Filled Music Video; Victoria's Secret Sells Replica 'Fantasy Bra'
The Fashion Beast Team
December 13, 2013
For them, showing their hair is the equivalent of strolling down the street in nothing but a thong.Let Them Wear the Veil
July 17, 2010
Many of the shots show topless girls in thong bikinis consorting with VIPs, some in compromising positions.Italy's Skinny-Dip Scandal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 6, 2009
At one end there was a thong with a loop in it, and it smelled of tiger.The Trail Book
Kingozi dropped his glasses to the end of its thong with a cheer.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Pass me the thong of buckskin, Uncas, and let me take the length of this foot.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Then the end of the thong was given over to him by Grey Beaver.
The thong was cut across, diagonally, almost as clean as though done by a knife.
- a thin strip of leather or other material, such as one used for lashing things together
- a whip or whiplash, esp one made of leather
- US, Canadian, Australian and NZ the usual name for flip-flop (def. 5)
- a skimpy article of beachwear, worn by men or women, consisting of thin strips of leather or cloth attached to a piece of material that covers the genitals while leaving the buttocks bare
- a similar item of underwear
Word Origin and History for thong
Old English þwong "thong, narrow strip of leather (used as a cord, band, strip, etc.)," from Proto-Germanic *thwangaz (cf. Old Norse þvengr), from PIE root *twengh- "to press in on, to restrain." As a kind of sandal, first attested 1965; as a kind of bikini briefs, 1990.