thong

[ thawng, thong ]
/ θɔŋ, θɒŋ /

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.

Origin of thong

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

Related forms

thonged, adjective

Can be confused

thong tong tongue
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British Dictionary definitions for thong

thong

/ (θɒŋ) /

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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