thong

[thawng, thong]

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. thomson, william,
  2. thon,
  3. thon buri,
  4. thonburi,
  5. thonder,
  6. thong leather,
  7. thonga,
  8. thor,
  9. thorac-,
  10. thoracal

Origin of thong

before 950; Middle English; Old English thwong; akin to Old Norse thvengr strap, thvinga to compel

Related formsthonged, adjective

Can be confusedthong tong tongue

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British Dictionary definitions for thong

thong

noun

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)
  1. 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
  2. a similar item of underwear

Word Origin for thong

Old English thwang; related to Old High German dwang reins, Old Norse thvengr strap

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Word Origin and History for thong

thong

n.

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.

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