tong

1
[ tawng, tong ]
/ tɔŋ, tɒŋ /

noun

verb (used with object)

to lift, seize, gather, hold, or handle with tongs, as logs or oysters.

verb (used without object)

to use, or work with, tongs.

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Origin of tong

1
before 900; 1865–70, for def. 2; Middle English tong(e) (singular), tongen, tonges (plural), Old English; cognate with Dutch tang,German Zange pair of tongs or pincers; akin to Greek dáknein to bite

OTHER WORDS FROM tong

tonger, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tong

thong, tong , tongue

Definition for tong (2 of 2)

tong2
[ tawng, tong ]
/ tɔŋ, tɒŋ /

noun

(in China) an association, society, or political party.
(among Chinese living in the U.S.) a fraternal or secret society, often associated with criminal activities.

Origin of tong

2
1880–85, Americanism;<dialectal Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, akin to Chinese táng meeting hall
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British Dictionary definitions for tong (1 of 2)

tong1
/ (tɒŋ) /

verb (tr)

to gather or seize with tongs
to curl or style (hair) with curling tongs

British Dictionary definitions for tong (2 of 2)

tong2
/ (tɒŋ) /

noun

(formerly) a Chinese secret society or association, esp one popularly assumed to engage in criminal activities

Word Origin for tong

C20: from Chinese (Cantonese) t'ong meeting place
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Idioms and Phrases with tong

tong

see hammer and tongs.

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