See also: tóng, tòng, tông, tōng, töng, tổng, tǒng, and tǫng

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EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English tange, from a Germanic root. Cognate to Old Norse tǫng (modern Icelandic töng), Old High German zanga (modern German Zange). Other cognates include Sanskrit दशति(daśati, to bite) and Albanian dang(bite, nip).

NounEdit

tong ‎(plural tongs)

  1. An instrument or tool used for manipulating things in a fire without touching them with the hands.
    • 1998, Alberdina Houtman, Marcel Poorthuis, Joshua Schwartz (editors), Sanctity of time and space in tradition and modernity, page 232:
      [] these attributes are concrete expressions of God's care and providence and therefore not man-made. This explains the quite bizarre presence of a ‘pair’ of tongs in some lists: in order to make a tong one needs a tong, and how could the first tong be made without a tong?
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VerbEdit

tong ‎(third-person singular simple present tongs, present participle tonging, simple past and past participle tonged)

  1. (intransitive) To use tongs.
  2. (transitive) To grab, manipulate or transport something using tongs.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Cantonese (tong⁴).

NounEdit

tong ‎(plural tongs)

  1. A Chinese secret society or gang.
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ChuukeseEdit

NounEdit

tong

  1. love

DutchEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Dutch tunga, from Proto-Germanic *tungǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s. Compare West Frisian tonge, English tongue, German Zunge, Danish tunge.

NounEdit

tong f ‎(plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

  1. (anatomy) tongue

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

tong m ‎(plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

  1. A kind of flatfish, the common sole, Solea solea.

MalayEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Chinese . Related to tahang.

NounEdit

tong ‎(plural tong-tong, possessives tongku, tongmu, tongnya, with particles tongkah, tonglah)

  1. barrel, tub, bin

Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch ton.

NounEdit

tong ‎(plural tong-tong, possessives tongku, tongmu, tongnya, with particles tongkah, tonglah)

  1. ton

MandarinEdit

RomanizationEdit

tong

  1. Nonstandard spelling of tōng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of tóng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of tǒng.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of tòng.

Usage notesEdit

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Norwegian NynorskEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse tǫng

NounEdit

tong f ‎(definite singular tonga, indefinite plural tenger, definite plural tengene)

  1. (a pair of) pliers, pincers

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