tongue - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the long soft piece of flesh fixed to the bottom of your mouth that you use for tasting, speaking etc

    I burnt my tongue on the hot coffee.

  2. 2
    [countable] mainly literary a language
    your native tongue:

    English was clearly not his native tongue.

    a foreign tongue:

    They were speaking in some foreign tongue.

    See also mother tongue
  3. 3
    [singular] a particular way of speaking or writing
    a sharp tongue (=a severe and unkind way of speaking to people):

    She has a rather sharp tongue.

    a silver tongue (=an ability to talk well and persuade people):

    I hope you’ve not allowed yourself to be persuaded by Laura’s silver tongue.

  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] the tongue of an animal cooked and eaten as food
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  5. 5
    [countable] a long thin piece of material that lies under the part of a shoe or boot where you fasten it
  6. 6
    [singular] mainly literary something that looks like or moves like a tongue
    tongue of:

    a tongue of flame/fire

  7. 7
    [countable] a long narrow piece of land that continues out into a sea, lake etc