Tong meaning

tông, tŏng
An association or a secret society of Chinese in the United States, believed to be involved in organized crime.
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Tong is defined as to pick up or hold something using a device with two long arms that are hinged at one end.

An example of tong is picking hot dogs off a grill with a metal grasping device.

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The definition of a tong is a grasping device, or a member of a Chinese association or political group.

An example of a tong is the grasping device used to remove corn on the cob from a pot of hot water.

An example of a tong is a Chinese person who belongs to a pro-Kuomintang traditional group.

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To seize, hold, or manipulate with tongs.
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A Chinese association or political party.
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To seize, collect, handle, or hold with tongs.
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To use tongs.
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A Chinese association or political party.
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In the U.S., a Chinese secret fraternal society.
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An instrument or tool used for manipulating things in a fire without touching them with the hands.
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(intransitive) To use tongs.
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To grab, manipulate or transport something using tongs.
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A Chinese secret society or gang.
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Origin of tong

  • Cantonese tong4 assembly hall, familial relationship between cousins from Middle Chinese tfiaŋ (also the source of Mandarin táng)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Back-formation from tongs
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old English tange, from a Germanic root. Cognate to Old Norse tÇ«ng (modern Icelandic töng), Old High German zanga (modern German Zange). Other cognates include Sanskrit दशति (daÅ›ati, “to bite") and Albanian dang (“bite, nip").
    From Wiktionary
  • From Cantonese, å ‚.
    From Wiktionary