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tongue (lick)

Definition:

to lick or explore with the tongue

Class:

contact verb (touching, hitting, tying, digging, etc.)

Past tense:

tongued

Present participle:

tonguing

3rd-person singular present:

tongues

Type of:

lick » stroke » touch

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Old English tunge "organ of speech, speech, language", from Proto-Germanic...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of tongue...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Tongue

a muscular hydrostat on the floors of the mouths of most vertebrates which manipulates food for mastication. It's the primary organ of taste, as much of the upper surface of the tongue is covered in papillae and taste buds. It's sensitive and kept... (43 of 2741 words, 7 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tongue

Tongue (disambiguation)

most generally refers to the muscle on the floor of the mouth. By analogy or other figure of speech it can also refer to: Part of a shoe that covers the foot underneath the laces | Part of a trailer tow hitch attachment | Any large or long physical ... (47 of 347 words, 29 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Tongue (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

tongue [anatomy]

in most vertebrates, an organ, capable of various muscular movements, located on the floor of the mouth. In some animals it's elongated and adapted to ... (25 of 456 words, 8 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/599232​/tongue

Wiktionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | glossa [zoology] | glossae [zoology, plural] | tounge [obsolete, now considered a misspelling, sense-specific] | tung [informal/eye dialect, sense-specific] | tong [informal/eye dialect, sense-specific] | ...

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. | [religion, often ... (44 of 180 words, 10 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tongue

Collins Dictionary:

tongue | hold one's tongue [sense-specific] | on the tip of one's tongue [sense-specific] | with one's tongue in one's cheek [sense-specific] | gift of tongues [synonym, sense-specific] | scold [synonym, sense-specific] | tongueless [adjective, derived]

a movable mass of muscular tissue attached to the floor of the mouth in ... | an analogous organ in invertebrates | the tongue of certain animals used ... (26 of 723 words, 24 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tongue

Random House Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [sense-specific] | find one's tongue [sense-specific] | give tongue [sense-specific] | hold one's tongue [sense-specific] | lose one's tongue [sense-specific] | on the tip of one's (or the) tongue [sense-specific] | ...

[anatomy] the usually movable organ in the floor of the mouth in humans and ... | [zoology] an analogous organ in invertebrate animals. | the tongue ... (24 of 565 words, 37 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/tongue

Oxford Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present] | lose | with | find one's tongue | get one's tongue round | the gift of tongues | ...

the fleshy muscular organ in the mouth of a mammal, used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and (in humans) articulating speech. | the equivalent organ ... (23 of 472 words, 24 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tongue

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | find your tongue | get your tongue round something | hold your tongue | keep a civil tongue in your head | lost your tongue? | roll/trip/slip off the tongue | speak in tongues | ...

[countable] the long soft piece of flesh fixed to the bottom of your mouth that you use for tasting, speaking etc | [countable, literary] a language | ... (25 of 430 words, 20 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tongue

tongue [verb] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive, music] to produce a musical note on a wind ... | [transitive] to touch someone or something with your tongue, especially in ... (22 of 70 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 24

Merriam-Webster:

tongue [entry 1, noun] | tongues [plural] | glossolalia [sense-specific] | lingo [synonym, sense-specific] | mother tongue [synonym, sense-specific] | speech [synonym, sense-specific] | vocabulary [synonym, sense-specific] | acrolect [similar, sense-specific] | argot [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most ... | the flesh of a tongue (as of the ox or sheep) used as food | the power of ... (31 of 415 words, 8 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tongue

tongue [entry 2, verb] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | scold [synonym, sense-specific]

[archaic] "scold" | to touch or lick with or as if with the tongue | to cut a tongue on ; to join (as boards) by means of a tongue and groove | to ... (31 of 108 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tongue show=1

New World Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

the movable muscular structure attached to the floor of the mouth in most ... | an analogous part in invertebrate animals; specifically, ; a radula ; ... (25 of 305 words, 14 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tongue

American Heritage Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present]

The fleshy, movable, muscular organ, attached in most vertebrates to the ... | An analogous organ or part in invertebrate animals, as in certain ... (23 of 303 words, 23 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tongue

Columbia Encyclopedia:

tongue

muscular organ occupying the floor of the mouth in vertebrates. In some animals, such as lizards, anteaters, and frogs, it serves a food-gathering ... (23 of 129 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0849030​.html

Cambridge Dictionary:

tongue [entry 1]

the large soft piece of flesh in the mouth which you can move and which you use for tasting, speaking, etc | the tongue of an animal, used as food (29 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 1

tongue [entry 2]

a part of an object which is tongue-shaped, especially the piece of material which is under the laces in a shoe (21 of 29 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 2

tongue [entry 3, literary]

a language (2 of 19 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 3

tongue [entry 4, singular]

a person's way of expressing their ideas and feelings (9 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 4

Encarta Dictionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

the movable fleshy organ attached to the bottom of the inside of the mouth ... | the tongue of an animal, especially a cow, used as food | a language ... (28 of 415 words, 18 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720809​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

tongue

Origin: Old English tunge "organ of speech, speech, language", from Proto-Germanic *tungon (compare Old Saxon, Old Norse tunga, Old ... (18 of 158 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=tongue

Wiktionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English tonge, tunge, tung, from Old English tunge, from Proto-Germanic *tungǭ ("tongue") (compare West Frisian tonge, Dutch tong, German Zunge, Danish tunge, Swedish... (24 of 48 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tongue

New World Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English tunge from Old English, akin to German zunge from Indo-European base *dṇĝhū-, tongue derives Latin lingua (Old Latin dingua)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tongue

Collins Dictionary:

tongue

Origin: Old English tunge; related to Old Saxon, Old Norse tunga, Old High German zunga, Latin lingua

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tongue

Oxford Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present] | lose | with

Origin: Old English tunge, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch tong, German Zunge, and Latin lingua

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/tongue

American Heritage Dictionary:

tongue | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old English tunge; see dṇghū- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tongue

Merriam-Webster:

tongue [entry 1, noun]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English tunge, from Old English; akin to Old High German zunga tongue, Latin lingua

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/tongue

Encarta Dictionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

Origin: Old English tunge from Indo-European

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861720809​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tongue"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tongue"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/tongue

Collins Dictionary:

tongue

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/tongue

Macmillan British Dictionary:

tongue | tongues [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tongue

tongue [verb] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 24

Macmillan American Dictionary:

tongue | tongues [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tongue

tongue [verb] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle] | tongues [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/tongue 23

Cambridge Dictionary:

tongue [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "tongue"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "tongue"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/tongue 1

the Free Dictionary:

tongue

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "tongue"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "tongue"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "tongue" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/tongue

Google Dictionary:

tongue | tongues [plural] | tongued [past tense] | tonguing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=tongue

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

tongue

Audio: North American pronunciation of "tongue"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=tongue​01 word=tongue

Tongue

Audio: North American pronunciation of "Tongue"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ggtong​05 word=Tongue

YourDictionary Audio:

tongue

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tongue" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/tongue

freedictionary.org:

tongue

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "tongue" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=tongue

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