tong

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1tong

noun \ˈtäŋ, ˈtŋ\

Definition of TONG

:  a secret society or fraternal organization especially of Chinese in the United States formerly notorious for gang warfare

Origin of TONG

Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, literally, hall
First Known Use: 1883

Rhymes with TONG

2tong

verb

Definition of TONG

transitive verb
:  to take, gather, hold, or handle with tongs <tong oysters>
intransitive verb
:  to use tongs especially in taking or gathering something
tong·er \ˈtäŋ-ər, ˈtŋ-\ noun

Origin of TONG

tongs
First Known Use: 1868

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