tong

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English tonge (tongs, fang), tange, from Old English tange, from Proto-West Germanic *tangu, 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).

Noun[edit]

tong (plural tongs)

  1. (mostly plural) 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 (tong4).

Noun[edit]

tong (plural tongs)

  1. a Chinese lineage organization responsible for managing ancestral land
    • 1995, Legislative Council of Hong Kong, “Block Crown Lease (Cheung Chau) Ordinance”, in Hong Kong Government Gazette[1], page A2772:
      An Ordinance to provide for the termination of the Block Crown Lease of Cheung Chau granted to Wong Wai Tsak Tong and for sub-lessees under the Block Crown Lease to hold directly from the Crown.
  2. a Chinese secret society or gang
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Noun[edit]

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.

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Afrikaans[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

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Noun[edit]

tong (plural tonge)

  1. tongue

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Chuukese[edit]

Noun[edit]

tong

  1. love

Dutch[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

tong f (plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

  1. tongue
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Descendants[edit]
  • Afrikaans: tong
  • Negerhollands: tong, toṅ, tung
    • Virgin Islands Creole: ton (dated)
  • Skepi Creole Dutch: tunk
  • ? Sranan Tongo: tongo

Etymology 2[edit]

From etymology 1.

Noun[edit]

tong m (plural tongen, diminutive tongetje n)

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

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English thong.

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tong f (plural tongs)

  1. flip-flop, thong
    Synonyms: (informal) clic-clac, (Canada, informal) gougonne, (Belgium, Africa) slache, (West Africa) tapette, claquette

Indonesian[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈtɔŋ]
  • Hyphenation: tong

Etymology 1[edit]

From Malay tong, from Hokkien (thóng).

Noun[edit]

tong (first-person possessive tongku, second-person possessive tongmu, third-person possessive tongnya)

  1. barrel
    Synonym: tahang

Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Noun[edit]

tong (first-person possessive tongku, second-person possessive tongmu, third-person possessive tongnya)

  1. sound of a gong, kentungan.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Betawi [Term?], from Hokkien (tâng/tông).

Noun[edit]

tong (first-person possessive tongku, second-person possessive tongmu, third-person possessive tongnya)

  1. (dialect, Jakarta) Clipping of entong (boy).

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Malay[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Chinese . Related to tahang.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. barrel, tub, bin
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch ton.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. ton

Mandarin[edit]

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tong

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

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  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.

Middle English[edit]

Noun[edit]

tong

  1. Alternative form of tonge (tongue)

Min Nan[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of tong – see (“east; host; etc.”).
(This term, tong, is the Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of ).

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse tǫng.

Noun[edit]

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

  1. (a pair of) pliers, pincers

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Uzbek[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic тонг (tong)
Latin tong
Perso-Arabic

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *taŋ.

Noun[edit]

tong (plural tonglar)

  1. dawn, daybreak

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This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Vietnamese[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

tong

  1. done for, screwed
    mất tong một buổi chiều mà chẳng tiến triển gìan afternoon wasted without any significant progress
    • 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!