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.
Words nearby tongue
Idioms for tongue
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM tonguetongue·less, adjectivetongue·like, adjectiveout·tongue, verb (used with object), out·tongued, out·tongu·ing.un·tongued, adjective
Examples from the Web for tongueless
His escort looked at him, opened his mouth, and showed Grant he was tongueless.The Wealth of Echindul|Noel Miller Loomis
With the Greeks the term αγλωσσος, "tongueless," was used synonymous with βαρβαρος, "barbarian" of all who were not Greek.
For I spoke no word, but dumb as a tongueless man, I allowed myself to be knocked backward into the box.Tales of Secret Egypt|Sax Rohmer
And his eye was the true soldier's eye, comprehending by signs, investing with life what was tongueless else.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay|Maurice Hewlett
Interesting details, perhaps, without which the nine in ten might as well be tongueless or tongue-tied for ever.Confession|W. Gilmore Simms
British Dictionary definitions for tongueless
verb tongues, tonguing or tongued
Derived forms of tonguetongueless, adjectivetonguelike, adjective
Word Origin for tongue
Medical definitions for tongueless
Scientific definitions for tongueless
Idioms and Phrases with tongueless
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)