tong

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See also: tōng, tóng, tǒng, tòng, and töng

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Etymology 1[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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 2[edit]

From Cantonese, .

Noun[edit]

tong (plural tongs)

  1. A Chinese secret society or gang.
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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

tong f (plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

  1. (anatomy) tongue

Etymology 2[edit]

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tong m (plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

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

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

tong

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

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.