Origin of tonguing
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.
Origin of tongue
Related Words for tonguingfondle, rub, soothe, wash, graze, caress, play, osculate, taste, gloss, sweep, quiet, ripple, stroke, brush, touch, tongue, lap, glance, calm
Examples from the Web for tonguing
Historical Examples of tonguing
It did sound like a cornet, even to the tremolo and the tonguing.
But the "view halloo" was quickly dropped and the tonguing of the dog was now in short, high-pitched yelps at one place.Two Little Savages
Ernest Thompson Seton
For tonguing, the bit shown in Fig. 2744 is employed, the depth gauge g being adjustable in the groove by means of the slot shown.
Fig. 15 shows a woody plant with one layer prepared by tonguing and another by ringing.
Tonguing and grooving can be used in such cases, but flashing with lead is a simpler process.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
verb tongues, tonguing or tongued
Word Origin for tongue
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)