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verb (used with object), tongue-tied, tongue-ty·ing.
  1. to make tongue-tied.

Origin of tongue-tie

First recorded in 1545–55; back formation from tongue-tied Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for tongue-tie

Historical Examples of tongue-tie

  • The child was taken to a physician who operated and corrected the tongue-tie.

    Civics and Health

    William H. Allen

  • A deficient or excessive development of the lingual frenulum may also interfere with the movements of the tongue (tongue-tie).

    Pedagogical Anthropology

    Maria Montessori

British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tie


  1. a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum
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tongue-tie in Medicine


  1. Restricted mobility of the tongue resulting from abnormal shortness of the frenum.ankyloglossia
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