NounTongue (plural Tongues)
- The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech.
- A language.
- He was speaking in his native tongue.
- (religion, often in the plural) Glossolalia.
- In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth.
- Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.
- (music) On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive).
- (slang) to kiss involving the touching of both tongues, and/or licking.
Adjectives for Tongue
serpent; tuneful; partial; piercing; hissing; envious; forked; golden; indignant; wagging; moistened; dead; prattling; cloven; wily; complaining; lambent; gluttonous; foamless; evil; caustic; raise; immortal; furred; feverish; quivering; rapid; dominant; slick; leaping; unbound; classic; calumnious; lolling; earnest; unintelligible; gossiping; faltering; shrewish; gentle; polished; carping; cautious; boyish; halting; biting; coated; hasty; scoffing; silent; slurring; fervent; perfidious; flattering; fine-dividing; ancient; glowing; base; bound¬less; romancing; casual; heedless; proper; multitudinous (pi) ; uncivilized; oily; bitter; unbridled; joyous; unwilling; iron; soul-subduing; persuasive; slanderous; malicious; double; nimble; national; candied; pleading; discreet; lamenting; droning; viperish; railing; forbidden; woe-wearied; facile; flexible; foul; censorious; unintelligible; ill; lying; pliant; learned; modern; pioneer; glib; railing; nerveless; boastful; unknowable; brazen; liquid; soothing; slippery; stammering; scorched; teasing; glowing; shallow; whispering; pleasing; immortal ; cynical; masterful; captious ; gentle; guileless; inestimable; woodland; mother; selfsame.
Verbs for Tongue
blister—; bridle—; candy—; chafe—; clip cluck—; curb—; discipline—; envenom—; examine—; fur—; furrow—; hold—; hush —; hypnotize—; inflame—; insert—; irritate—; lap with—; loosen—; mute—; paralyze—; provoke—; roll off—; sever—; silence—; smack—; stifle—; still—; suppress —; swab—; tempt—; tickle—; tie—; train —; wag—; —charms; —cleaves to; — falters; —laps; —lashes; —licks; —moistens; —projects; —protrudes; —rasps; — relishes; —savors; —slanders; —slips; — traduces; —voices; —wounds.
Maypole, abatis, aftertaste, alveolar ridge, alveolus, apex, argot, articulation, arytenoid cartilages, back, bagpipe, bar, baste, bell, berate, bill, bitter, blade, blow, blow a horn, blunder, boob, brains, breakwater, bugle, cape, carillon, carpet, chersonese, chew out, chimes, chitterlings, church bell, clapper, clarion, cockscomb, coral reef, cowbell, delta, dialect, dinner bell, dinner gong, doodle, doorbell, dorsum, double-tongue, facetiously, faux pas, fife, fire bell, flagstaff, flavor, flute, foreland, gaffe, giblets, gizzard, gong, gong bell, gust, hand bell, hard palate, haslet, head, headland, heart, hook, idiom, in fun, in jest, jaw, jestingly, jingle bell, jocularly, jokingly, keep mum, kidneys, language, langue, lap, larynx, lick, lingo, lingua, linguistic act, lip, lips, liver, locution, marrow, mistake, mouth, mull, nasal cavity, naze, ness, oral cavity, palate, parlance, parol, parole, passing bell, patois, peninsula, personal usage, pharyngeal cavity, pharynx, phonation, phraseology, pipe, point, pole, promontory, rail, rate, reef, relish, rod, sacring bell, salt, sandspit, sapidity, sapor, savor, savoriness, say nothing, scape, sequence of phonemes, shaft, sheepbell, shut up, sleigh bell, slip, smack, soft palate, sound, sour, speaking, speech, speech act, speech organ, spit, spur, stalk, stem, stick, stomach, string, sweet, sweetbread, syrinx, talk, tang, taste, taste bud, teeth, teeth ridge, telephone bell, the spoken word, tintinnabulum, tip, toot, tooth, tootle, totem pole, triangle, tripe, triple-tongue, trumpet, tweedle, upbraid, usage, utterance, utterance string, velum, vernacular, vocable, vocal chink, vocal cords, vocal folds, vocal processes, voice, voice box, whimsically, whistle, wind, wind the horn, word, word of mouth
From Middle English, from Old English tunge, from Proto-Germanic *tungōn (“tongue”) (compare Dutch tong, German Zunge, Swedish tunga), from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s (compare Irish teanga, Latin lingua, Tocharian A/B känt/kantwo, Lithuanian liežùvis, Polish język 'language, people', Armenian լեզու (lezu), Sanskrit जिह्वा (jihvā́)).
- tounge (obs., now considered a misspelling); tung (informal/eye dialect); tong, tonge, toong, toongue, toung, toungue, tunge (obsolete)
- (Can we verify this pronunciation?) IPA: /tʌŋ/, /tɒŋ/, SAMPA: /tVN/, /tQN/
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- Rhymes: -ʌŋ