tongue-tied

[ tuhng-tahyd ]
/ ˈtʌŋˌtaɪd /

adjective

unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise.
affected with tongue-tie.

Origin of tongue-tied

1520–30; tongue + tied

Definition for tongue-tied (2 of 2)

tongue-tie

[ tuhng-tahy ]
/ ˈtʌŋˌtaɪ /

noun

impeded motion of the tongue caused especially by shortness of the frenum, which binds it to the floor of the mouth.

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

to make tongue-tied.

Origin of tongue-tie

First recorded in 1545–55; back formation from tongue-tied
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British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tied (1 of 2)

tongue-tied


adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tied (2 of 2)

tongue-tie


noun

a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum
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Medicine definitions for tongue-tied

tongue-tie


n.

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