tongue

noun
1》 the fleshy muscular organ in the mouth, used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and (in humans) articulating speech.
    ↘the tongue of an ox or lamb, as food.
2》 a person's style or manner of speaking.
3》 a particular language.
4》 a strip of leather or fabric under the laces in a shoe, attached only at the front end.
5》 the free-swinging metal piece inside a bell which strikes the bell to produce the sound.
6》 a long, low promontory of land.
7》 a projecting strip on a wooden board fitting into a groove on another.
8》 the vibrating reed of a musical instrument or organ pipe.
verb (tongues, tonguing, tongued)
1》 Music sound (a note) distinctly on a wind instrument by interrupting the air flow with the tongue.
2》 lick or caress with the tongue.
Phrases
find (or lose) one's tongue be able (or unable) to express oneself after a shock.
get one's tongue round pronounce (words).
the gift of tongues the power of speaking in unknown languages, regarded as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).
give tongue
1》 (of hounds) bark, especially on finding a scent.
2》 express one's feelings or opinions freely.
(with) tongue in cheek insincerely or ironically.
one's tongue is hanging out one is very eager for something.
Derivatives
tongued adjective
tongueless adjective
Origin
OE tunge, of Gmc origin.

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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

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