tongs

[ tawngz, tongz ]
/ tɔŋz, tɒŋz /

noun (usually used with a plural verb)

any of various implements consisting of two arms hinged, pivoted, or otherwise fastened together, for seizing, holding, or lifting something (usually used with pair of).

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Origin of tongs

see origin at tong1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tongs

thongs, tongs , tongues
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British Dictionary definitions for tongs

tongs
/ (tɒŋz) /

pl n

a tool for grasping or lifting, consisting of a hinged, sprung, or pivoted pair of arms or levers, joined at one endAlso called: pair of tongs

Word Origin for tongs

plural of Old English tange; related to Old Saxon tanga, Old High German zanga, Old Norse tong
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