tongue

[ tuhng ]
/ tʌŋ /

noun

verb (used with object), tongued, tongu·ing.

verb (used without object), tongued, tongu·ing.

Idioms

Origin of tongue

before 900; (noun) Middle English tunge, Old English; cognate with Dutch tong, German Zunge, Old Norse tunga, Gothic tuggo; akin to Latin lingua (OL dingua); (v.) Middle English tungen to scold, derivative of the noun

Related forms

tongue·less, adjectivetongue·like, adjectiveout·tongue, verb (used with object), out·tongued, out·tongu·ing.un·tongued, adjective

Can be confused

thong tong tongue
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British Dictionary definitions for tongue-in-cheek

tongue

/ (tʌŋ) /

noun

verb tongues, tonguing or tongued

Derived Forms

tongueless, adjectivetonguelike, adjective

Word Origin for tongue

Old English tunge; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse tunga, Old High German zunga, Latin lingua
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Medicine definitions for tongue-in-cheek

tongue

[ tŭng ]

n.

A mobile mass of muscular tissue that is covered with mucous membrane, occupies much of the cavity of the mouth, forms part of its floor, bears the organ of taste, and assists in chewing, swallowing, and speech.
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Science definitions for tongue-in-cheek

tongue

[ tŭng ]

A muscular organ in most vertebrates that is usually attached to the bottom of the mouth. In snakes, the tongue is used as a sense organ. In frogs, the tongue is chiefly used to capture prey. In mammals, the tongue is the main organ of taste and is an important organ of digestion. In humans, the tongue is used to produce speech.
A similar organ in certain invertebrate animals.
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Culture definitions for tongue-in-cheek

tongue-in-cheek


Ironically: “The critic's remarks of praise were uttered strictly tongue-in-cheek.”

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Idioms and Phrases with tongue-in-cheek

tongue


In addition to the idioms beginning with tongue

  • tongue hangs out, one's
  • tongue in cheek, with
  • tongues wag

also see:

  • 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)
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