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 Words for tonguedfondle, rub, soothe, wash, graze, caress, play, osculate, taste, gloss, sweep, quiet, ripple, stroke, brush, touch, tongue, lap, glance, calm
Examples from the Web for tongued
Historical Examples of tongued
The material is tongued and grooved, secret-nailed, and should be smoothed off after laying.Convenient Houses
Louis Henry Gibson
V-jointed, wrought, grooved and tongued boarding, cut in 5-ft.Rustic Carpentry
Paul N. Hasluck
A slow starter and slow hunter, Melinda had said, and she tongued on the trail.The Duck-footed Hound
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Now will the tongued world say—See the vile boy of Mary Glendinning!Pierre; or The Ambiguities
The backs are half inch stuff, tongued and grooved and put in horizontally.A Library Primer
John Cotton Dana
- having a tongue or tongues
- (in combination)long-tongued
verb tongues, tonguing or tongued
Word Origin for tongue
"speaking in a certain manner," late 14c., in compounds and combinations, from tongue (n.).
Old English tunge "organ of speech, speech, language," from Proto-Germanic *tungon (cf. Old Saxon and Old Norse tunga, Old Frisian tunge, Middle Dutch tonghe, Dutch tong, Old High German zunga, German Zunge, Gothic tuggo), from PIE *dnghwa- (cf. Latin lingua "tongue, speech, language," from Old Latin dingua; Old Irish tenge, Welsh tafod, Lithuanian liezuvis, Old Church Slavonic jezyku).
For substitution of -o- for -u-, see come. The spelling of the ending of the word apparently is a 14c. attempt to indicate proper pronunciation, but the result is "neither etymological nor phonetic, and is only in a very small degree historical" [OED]. Meaning "foreign language" is from 1530s. Tongue-tied is first recorded 1520s.
"to touch with the tongue, lick," 1680s, from tongue (n.). Earlier as a verb it meant "drive out by order or reproach" (late 14c.). Related: Tongued; tonguing.
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)