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 formstongue·less, adjectivetongue·like, adjectiveout·tongue, verb (used with object), out·tongued, out·tongu·ing.un·tongued, adjective
Examples from the Web for tongue-in-cheek
However, I spent enough time with him and other players to witness moments, comments and actions that were not so tongue-in-cheek.
The painter Ricardo Francis produced three separate works for the show, all with tongue-in-cheek names.
He has total, tongue-in-cheek loyalty to Keough Novak, his fictional sister, who has more than 4,000 Twitter followers of her own.The Book of B.J. Novak: An Absurdist, Scathingly Funny Literary Debut|Caryn James|February 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
With his disarming, tongue-in-cheek salutations, he got on the phone.
Most of the clips online that show Corden singing are tongue-in-cheek, though his voice does come off as serviceable.‘Into the Woods’ Cast: Grading the Singing of Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp & More|Kevin Fallon|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-in-cheek
verb tongues, tonguing or tongued
Derived Formstongueless, adjectivetonguelike, adjective
Word Origin for tongue
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Culture definitions for tongue-in-cheek
Ironically: “The critic's remarks of praise were uttered strictly tongue-in-cheek.”
Idioms and Phrases with tongue-in-cheek
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)