noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˈtäŋz, ˈtŋz\

: a tool used for lifting or holding objects that is made of two long pieces connected at one end or in the middle

Full Definition of TONGS

:  any of numerous grasping devices consisting commonly of two pieces joined at one end by a pivot or hinged like scissors

Origin of TONGS

Middle English tonges, plural of tonge, from Old English tang; akin to Old High German zanga tongs and perhaps to Greek daknein to bite
First Known Use: before 12th century


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