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tong

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noun \ˈtäŋ, ˈtȯŋ\

Definition of tong

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



Origin and Etymology of tong

Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, literally, hall


First Known Use: 1883


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tong

verb

Definition of tong

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to take, gather, hold, or handle with tongs <tong oysters>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to use tongs especially in taking or gathering something

tonger

play \ˈtäŋ-ər, ˈtȯŋ-\ noun


Origin and Etymology of tong

tongs


First Known Use: 1868



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