noun (usually used with a plural verb)
Origin of tongs
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of tong1
Origin of tong2
Examples from the Web for tongs
Contemporary Examples of tongs
Cook until the underside is a deep golden brown, then flip the grispelle with tongs and brown the other side.Italy's Best Dessert Secret
December 9, 2010
Historical Examples of tongs
Constance had set to work poking the fire logs with the tongs.Fruitfulness
If it were a Westralian or a Kaffir I would n't touch it with a pair of tongs!Joy (First Series Plays)
He even got up in revival meetin' and laid into it hammer and tongs.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
Here is shown a pair of tongs that makes easy work of the job.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
While Pensioner was saying this, he took the tongs and picked a live coal from the fire.
Word Origin for tongs
Word Origin for tong
Old English tange, tang "tongs," from Proto-Germanic *tango (cf. Old Saxon tanga, Old Norse töng, Swedish tång, Old Frisian tange, Middle Dutch tanghe, Dutch tang, Old High German zanga, German Zange), literally "that which bites," from PIE root *dank- "bite" (cf. Sanskrit dasati "biter;" Greek daknein "to bite," dax "biting"). For sense evolution, cf. French mordache "tongs," from mordre "to bite."
"Chinese secret society," 1883, from Cantonese t'ong "assembly hall."
see hammer and tongs.