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.
- 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
Related Words for tonguedialect, voice, patois, articulation, argot, utterance, idiom, discourse, vernacular, speech, lingo, parlance, expression, talk
Examples from the Web for tongue
Contemporary Examples of tongue
Abramson, biting her tongue, was widely portrayed in rival outlets as classily above the fray.The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014
December 22, 2014
Language was no barrier; just about every tongue on the planet was babbling away, caught up in the elaborate mystique of a cult.Sherlock Holmes Vs. Jack the Ripper
November 16, 2014
Joe Sutter is 93 now, silver-haired and moving a tad more slowly than he would like, but still pugnacious and sharp of tongue.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
The monkey seemed to be sticking his tongue out at me in defiance.
The monkey avatar stared back at me, its tongue lolling out of its mouth.
Historical Examples of tongue
A portly burgher was he, friendly of tongue and free of purse.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
Often it has been on the tip of my tongue, and then it slipped away from me.Brave and Bold
Except for a very few words we do not know what sort of tongue it was.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Neither did Lizzie, though her tongue was a whip for Connie.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The tongue is a fire, but there is a stronger fire than the tongue.Weighed and Wanting
verb tongues, tonguing or tongued
Word Origin for tongue
Old English tunge "organ of speech, speech, language," from Proto-Germanic *tungon (cf. Old Saxon and Old Norse tunga, Old Frisian tunge, Middle Dutch tonghe, Dutch tong, Old High German zunga, German Zunge, Gothic tuggo), from PIE *dnghwa- (cf. Latin lingua "tongue, speech, language," from Old Latin dingua; Old Irish tenge, Welsh tafod, Lithuanian liezuvis, Old Church Slavonic jezyku).
For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come. The spelling of the ending of the word apparently is a 14c. attempt to indicate proper pronunciation, but the result is "neither etymological nor phonetic, and is only in a very small degree historical" [OED]. Meaning "foreign language" is from 1530s. Tongue-tied is first recorded 1520s.
"to touch with the tongue, lick," 1680s, from tongue (n.). Earlier as a verb it meant "drive out by order or reproach" (late 14c.). Related: Tongued; tonguing.
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)