verb (used with object), tongued, tongu·ing.
- to cut a tongue on (a board).
- to join or fit together by a tongue-and-groove joint.
- to reproach or scold.
- to speak or utter.
verb (used without object), tongued, tongu·ing.
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Idioms for tongue
- Fox Hunting. (of a hound) to bay while following a scent.
- to utter one's thoughts; speak: He wouldn't give tongue to his suspicions.
- on the verge of being uttered.
- unable to be recalled; barely escaping one's memory: The answer was on the tip of my tongue, but I couldn't think of it.
Origin of tongue
OTHER WORDS FROM tonguetongueless, adjectivetonguelike, adjectiveouttongue, verb (used with object), out·tongued, out·tongu·ing.un·tongued, adjective
Words nearby tongue
Example sentences from the Web for tongue
The budding naturalist soon learned to identify plants by feel, touching their hairs with his lower lip and their stamens and pistils with his tongue.
Students and workers with no symptoms might start swabbing their noses or tongues every few days to make sure they haven’t been exposed.
On a windy winter afternoon, Raluca Mateescu leaned against a fence post at the University of Florida’s Beef Teaching Unit while a Brahman heifer sniffed inquisitively at the air and reached out its tongue in search of unseen food.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed?|Dyllan Furness|August 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
As you write, “Economics is the mother tongue of public policy.”
So she pumped the samples onto the tongue and allowed it to roll right off.
After the release of the trailer for the special last week, TLC received a requisite and perhaps well-deserved tongue-lashing.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.
The second is strangled tongue disease, the English inability to express real feelings in conversation.
Language was no barrier; just about every tongue on the planet was babbling away, caught up in the elaborate mystique of a cult.
Sata, who was known as King Cobra because of his sharp tongue, was thought to have been seriously ill for some time.
“Perhaps you do not speak my language,” she said in Urdu, the tongue most frequently heard in Upper India.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
The flute and the psaltery make a sweet melody, but a pleasant tongue is above them both.
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
If she have a tongue that can cure, and likewise mitigate and shew mercy: her husband is not like other men.
British Dictionary definitions for tongue
verb tongues, tonguing or tongued
Derived forms of tonguetongueless, adjectivetonguelike, adjective
Word Origin for tongue
Medical definitions for tongue
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Idioms and Phrases with tongue
In addition to the idioms beginning with tongue
- tongue hangs out, one's
- tongue in cheek, with
- tongues wag
- bite one's tongue
- cat got someone's tongue
- hold one's tongue
- keep a civil tongue
- on the tip of one's tongue
- slip of the lip (tongue)