[ thawng, thong ]
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  1. a strip of material, especially of leather or hide, used to fasten or secure something.

  2. a strip of leather or hide used for whipping; whiplash.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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

Other words from thong

  • thonged, adjective

Words that may be confused with thong

Words Nearby thong Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thong in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for thong


/ (θɒŋ) /

  1. a thin strip of leather or other material, such as one used for lashing things together

  2. a whip or whiplash, esp one made of leather

  1. 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

Origin of thong

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

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