tongue1 [ tʌŋ ] noun **
▸ 1 organ in mouth
▸ 2 language
▸ 3 way of speaking/writing
▸ 4 animal tongue as food
▸ 5 long narrow piece
1. ) count the long soft piece of flesh attached to the bottom of your mouth that you use for tasting, speaking, etc.:
I burned my tongue on the hot coffee.
2. ) count MAINLY LITERARY a language:
your native tongue: English was clearly not his native tongue.
a foreign tongue: They were speaking in some foreign tongue.
3. ) singular a particular way of speaking or writing:
a sharp tongue (=a severe and unkind way of speaking to people): She has a very sharp tongue.
a silver tongue (=an ability to talk well and persuade people): I hope you've not allowed yourself to be persuaded by Laura's silver tongue.
4. ) count or uncount the tongue of an animal cooked and eaten as food
5. ) count a long thin piece of material that lies under the part of a shoe or boot where you fasten it
a ) tongue of MAINLY LITERARY something that looks like or moves like a tongue:
a tongue of flame/fire
b ) a long narrow piece of land that continues out into an ocean, lake, etc.
bite your tongue
to stop yourself from saying something that you would like to say because it will make someone upset or angry
find your tongue
to start to be able to speak again after being too afraid or embarrassed
get your tongue around something INFORMAL
to pronounce a difficult or strange word:
I had trouble getting my tongue around some of their names.
hold your tongue MAINLY LITERARY
1. ) to say nothing, although you want to speak
2. ) OLD-FASHIONED used for telling someone not to speak
keep a civil tongue in your head OLD-FASHIONED
used for telling someone not to be rude
loosen someone's tongue
to make someone more willing to speak or give information:
A few glasses of wine had loosened her tongue.
lost your tongue?/(has the) cat got your tongue? SPOKEN
used for asking someone why they are not saying anything, especially because they usually say what they think
roll/trip/slip off the tongue
to be easy to pronounce
a slip of the tongue
an occasion when you say something that you do not mean to say, or when you fail to pronounce something correctly
speak in tongues
to speak in a strange language that no one understands as a result of extreme religious excitement
stick your tongue out (at someone)
to move your tongue quickly out of your mouth as an insult
tongues wag
if tongues wag, people say unkind things about someone
watch your tongue SPOKEN
used for saying that someone is being rude and should not say any more
with (your) tongue in (your) cheek
if you write or say something with tongue in cheek, you intend it to be humorous and do not mean it seriously
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tongue 2 [ tʌŋ ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to produce a musical note on a WIND INSTRUMENT by using your tongue to prevent air from flowing through it for a short time
2. ) transitive to touch someone or something with your tongue, especially in order to make them sexually excited

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • tongue — [tuŋ] n. [ME tunge < OE, akin to Ger zunge < IE base * dṇĝhū , tongue > L lingua (OL dingua)] 1. the movable muscular structure attached to the floor of the mouth in most vertebrates: it is an important organ in the ingestion of food,… …   English World dictionary

  • Tongue — Tongue, n. [OE. tunge, tonge, AS. tunge; akin to OFries. tunge, D. tong, OS. tunga, G. zunge, OHG. zunga, Icel. & Sw. tunga, Dan tunge, Goth. tugg[=o], OL. dingua, L. lingua. [root]243 Cf.{Language}, {Lingo}. ] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) an organ… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tongue —    TONGUE, a parish, in the county of Sutherland, 250 miles (N. by W.) from Edinburgh; containing, with the island of Roan, and the villages of Tongue, Skianid, and Torrisdale, 2041 inhabitants, of whom 1558 are in the rural districts. This place …   A Topographical dictionary of Scotland

  • tongue — ► NOUN 1) the fleshy muscular organ in the mouth, used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and (in humans) articulating speech. 2) the tongue of an ox or lamb as food. 3) a person s style or manner of speaking: a debater with a caustic tongue. 4) a …   English terms dictionary

  • Tongue — (gaélico escocés, Tunga del antiguo escandinavo Tunga) es un pueblo costero en el noroeste de las Tierras Altas, Escocia (en la parte occidental del anterior condado de Sutherland. Queda en la costa este sobre la base del Kyle de Tongue y al… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Tongue — Tongue, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tongued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tonguing}.] 1. To speak; to utter. Such stuff as madmen tongue. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To chide; to scold. [1913 Webster] How might she tongue me. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. (Mus.) To modulate …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tongue — bezeichnet: Tongue (Highlands), Ort in den schottischen Highlands Tongue (Mali), Ort in Mali auf Englisch die Zunge Tongue ist der Name folgender Personen: Nicholas Tongue (* 1973), ehemaliger neuseeländischer Schwimmer Thomas H. Tongue… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tongue — Tongue, v. i. 1. To talk; to prate. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) To use the tongue in forming the notes, as in playing the flute and some other wind instruments. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tongue|y — «TUHNG ee», adjective. 1. Informal. talkative; loquacious; garrulous. 2. of or like a tongue; produced by the tongue; lingual …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tongué — Géographie Pays  Mali Région Ségou Cercle …   Wikipédia en Français

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