- To speak deceitfully; prevaricate or lie.
- To be or keep silent.
- To cause (someone) to speak freely or carelessly or to divulge information.
- To lose the capacity to speak, as from shock.
- On the verge of being recalled or expressed.
Other Word Forms of Tongue
Origin of Tongue
From Middle English tonge, tunge, tung, from Old English tunge, from Proto-Germanic *tungÇ (“tongue") (compare West Frisian tonge, Dutch tong, German Zunge, Danish tunge, Swedish tunga), from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéhâ‚‚s (compare Irish teanga, Latin lingua, Tocharian A/B känt/kantwo, Lithuanian liežùvis, Polish jÄ™zyk 'language, tongue', Armenian Õ¬Õ¥Õ¦Õ¸Ö‚ (lezu), Sanskrit जिह्वा (jihvā́)).
Middle English from Old English tunge dn̥ghū- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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