- impeded motion of the tongue caused especially by shortness of the frenum, which binds it to the floor of the mouth.
- to make tongue-tied.
Origin of tongue-tie
First recorded in 1545–55; back formation from tongue-tied
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Related Words for tongue-tiestifle, suppress, censor, choke, repress, restrain, muffle, squelch, muzzle, subdue, mute, gag, quell, quash, constrain, restrict, prevent, stop, squash, shush
Examples from the Web for tongue-tie
Historical Examples of tongue-tie
- a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum
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- Restricted mobility of the tongue resulting from abnormal shortness of the frenum.ankyloglossia
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