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tongue-tied

[ tuhng-tahyd ]
/ ˈtʌŋˌtaɪd /
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adjective
unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise.
affected with tongue-tie.
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Origin of tongue-tied

First recorded in 1520–30; tongue + tie + -ed2
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British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tied

tongue-tied

adjective
speechless, esp with embarrassment or shyness
having a condition of tongue-tie
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