- a narrow strip of leather, etc. used as a lace, strap, etc.
- a whiplash, as of plaited strips of hide
- flip-flop (noun)
- a kind of bikini swimsuit bottom having only a narrow strip of fabric that goes between the legs and attaches in back to a waistband, so as to show the buttocksalso thong bikini
- a pair of brief underpants like this
- a kind of bikini swimsuit bottom having only a narrow strip of fabric that goes between the legs and attaches in back to a waistband, so as to show the buttocks
Origin of thongMiddle English from Old English thwang, twisted string, thong: see twinge
- A narrow strip, as of leather, used for binding or lashing.
- A whip of plaited leather or cord.
- A sandal held on the foot by a strip that fits between the first and second toes and is connected to a strap usually passing over the top or around the sides of the foot.
- A garment for the lower body that exposes the buttocks, consisting of a narrow strip of fabric that passes between the thighs supported by a waistband.
Origin of thongMiddle English from Old English thwong
- A strip of leather.
- (usually in the plural, Australia, US) An item of footwear, usually of rubber, secured by two straps which join to pass between the big toe and its neighbour.
- (UK, US, New Zealand) An undergarment or swimwear consisting of very narrow strips designed to cover just the genitals and nothing more.
- No! I won't buy you a thong. You're too young for that.
From Middle English thong, thwong, thwang, from Old English Ã¾wong, Ã¾wang, Ã¾weng, Ã¾wÃ¦ng (“thong, band, strap, cord, strip of leather; phylactery"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾wangiz, *Ã¾wanguz (“coercion, constraint, band, clamp, strap"), from Proto-Indo-European *twenk- (“to squeeze, press, pressure"). Cognate with Scots thwang, thwayng, thang (“thong"), Middle Low German dwenge (“clamp, jaws, steel-trap"), German Zwinge (“vise, clamp"), Norwegian dialectal tveng (“shoestrap, shoelace"), Icelandic Ã¾vengur (“strap, thong, latchet").