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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English tange, from Proto-Germanic *tangō, from Proto-Indo-European *denḱ- (to bite). Cognate with Old Norse tǫng (modern Icelandic töng), Old High German zanga (modern German Zange). Other cognates include Sanskrit दशति (dáśati, 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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Etymology 3Edit

NounEdit

tong (plural tongs)

  1. Obsolete spelling of tongue
    • 1570, Roger Ascham, The Scholemaster:
      Or plaine and perfite way of teachyng children, to vnderstand, write, and speake, the Latin tong, but specially purposed for the priuate brynging vp of youth in Ientlemen and Noble mens houses, and commodious also for all such, as haue forgot the Latin tonge, and would, by themselues, without a Scholemaster, in short tyme, and with small paines, recouer a sufficient habilitie, to vnderstand, write, and speake Latin.

AfrikaansEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Dutch tong.

NounEdit

tong (plural tonge)

  1. tongue

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ChuukeseEdit

NounEdit

tong

  1. love

DutchEdit

 
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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /tɔŋ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: tong
  • Rhymes: -ɔŋ

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch tonge, from Old Dutch tunga, from Proto-Germanic *tungǭ, from Proto-Indo-European *dn̥ǵʰwéh₂s.

NounEdit

tong f (plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

  1. tongue
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  • Afrikaans: tong

Etymology 2Edit

From etymology 1.

NounEdit

tong m (plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

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

Etymology 1Edit

From Chinese . Related to tahang.

NounEdit

tong (plural tong-tong, informal 1st possessive tongku, impolite 2nd possessive tongmu, 3rd possessive tongnya)

  1. barrel, tub, bin

Etymology 2Edit

From Dutch ton.

NounEdit

tong (plural tong-tong, informal 1st possessive tongku, impolite 2nd possessive tongmu, 3rd possessive tongnya)

  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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VietnameseEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

tong

  1. done for, screwed
    • 2001, Chu Lai, Cuộc đời dài lắm, NXB Văn học, page 199:
      Mưa. Thế là lại đi tong một ngày mủ vì mưa nữa rồi!
      Rain. So yet another day's worth of latex gone to waste because of the rain!

WestrobothnianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse þungr, from Proto-Germanic *þunguz, akin to Proto-Slavic *tęžьkъ (compare Serbo-Croatian težak) and Lithuanian tingus.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [tʰɯ̞́ᵝŋː], [tʰóŋː], [tʰɔ́ʊ̯ŋ(ɡ̊)]
    Rhymes: -úŋɡ

AdjectiveEdit

tong (neuter tongt, plural tōng, comparative töynger, superlative töyngst)

  1. Heavy.
    hä jär för mykkjä tongtit is much too heavy

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