- tongue1 W3S3 [tʌŋ] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(mouth)¦2 click your tongue3 sharp tongue4 silver tongue5 sharp-tongued/silver-tongued etc6 with (your) tongue in (your) cheek7 slip of the tongue8 bite your tongue9 Cat got your tongue?10 get your tongue around something11 trip/roll off the tongue12 loosen somebody's tongue13 find your tongue14 set tongues wagging15 keep a civil tongue in your head16 speak with forked tongue17 speak in tongues18¦(language)¦19¦(food)¦20¦(shape)¦21¦(shoe)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: tunge]1.) ¦(MOUTH)¦the soft part inside your mouth that you can move about and use for eating and speaking▪ Joe ran his tongue over his dry lips.▪ The taste of the chocolate was still on her tongue.▪ The girl scowled at me, then stuck out her tongue .2.) click your tongueto make a sharp noise with your tongue to show that you are annoyed or disappointed▪ She clicked her tongue and shook her head.3.) sharp tongueif you have a sharp tongue, you often talk in a way that shows you are angry▪ Gina's sharp tongue will get her into trouble one day.4.) silver tongueliterary if you have a silver tongue, you can talk in a way that makes people like you or persuades them that you are right5.) sharp-tongued/silver-tongued etcable to talk in a very angry or pleasant way▪ a sharp-tongued young teacher6.) with (your) tongue in (your) cheekif you say something with your tongue in your cheek, you say it as a joke, not seriously7.) slip of the tonguea small mistake in something you say▪ Did I say $100? It must have been a slip of the tongue.8.) bite your tongueto stop yourself saying something because you know it would not be sensible to say it▪ I wanted to argue, but I had to bite my tongue.9.) Cat got your tongue? also Lost your tongue?spoken used to ask someone why they are not talking10.) get your tongue around sth informalto be able to say a difficult word or phrase▪ I couldn't get my tongue around the names of the villages we'd visited.11.) trip/roll off the tongue informalif a name or phrase trips or rolls off your tongue, it is easy or pleasant to say▪ Their names trip off the tongue very easily.12.) loosen sb's tongue informalif something such as alcohol loosens your tongue, it makes you talk a lot▪ The wine had certainly loosened her tongue.13.) find your tongue informalto say something after you have been silent for a time because you were afraid or shy▪ Polly found her tongue at last and told them about the attack.14.) set tongues waggingto do something that people will talk about in an unkind way▪ Angela's divorce will certainly set tongues wagging.15.) keep a civil tongue in your headold-fashioned spoken used to tell someone that they should talk politely to people16.) speak with forked tongueto say things that are not true - used humorously17.) speak in tonguesto talk using strange words as part of a religious experience18.) ¦(LANGUAGE)¦literary a language▪ Anton lapsed into his own tongue when he was excited.mother/native tongue(=the language you learn as a child)▪ She felt more comfortable talking in her native tongue.19.) ¦(FOOD)¦[U]the tongue of a cow or sheep, cooked and eaten cold20.)¦(SHAPE)¦something that has a long thin shapetongue of▪ Huge tongues of fire were licking the side of the building.21.) ¦(SHOE)¦the part of a shoe that lies on top of your foot, under the part where you tie ittongue 2tongue2 v1.) [I and T]to use your tongue to make separate sounds when playing a musical instrument2.) [T]to touch something with your tongue
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.