\ ˈthȯŋ How to pronounce thong (audio) \
plural thongs

Definition of thong

1 : a strip especially of leather or hide
2 : a sandal held on the foot by a thong fitting between the toes and connected to a strap across the top or around the sides of the foot
3 : an article of swimwear or underwear with the back portion consisting of a narrow strip of cloth that passes between the buttocks and connects with a waistband

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Other Words from thong

thonged \ ˈthȯŋd How to pronounce thonged (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From Under, including bralettes, bikini bottoms, thongs, bodysuits, and other items. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The best Valentine's Day sales on lingerie and bras at Victoria's Secret, Aerie, and more," 10 Feb. 2020 Kendall Jenner’s 2017 Met Gala look featured a tiny black thong just like Lizzo’s, but with an almost completely sheer dress over it. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Lizzo Twerking in a Thong at the Lakers Game Is a Damn Delight," 9 Dec. 2019 In more posts shared to social media, Kardashian West modeled the skimpy ensemble, featuring a tiny white G-string thong, triangle bra and dramatic floor-length wings. Eric Todisco,, "Kim Kardashian Reveals a Glimpse of Her Understated Monochromatic Halloween Decorations," 15 Oct. 2019 The facilities were sometimes dangerous and often poorly run, not for lack of means but for lack of care, and the management, at best, treated you like a cog in a thong. Lily Burana, New York Times, "I Was an Accidental Playboy Pinup," 26 Mar. 2020 Not too many people want to see a fat women [sic] let alone a fat women [sic] in a thong. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Here's Why Lingerie Made By Women For Women Will Rule in The Coming Decade," 21 Dec. 2019 The vlogger wore a full cowboy ensemble and a thong over her pants. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Nikita Dragun Wore a Thong Over Her Pants for Madison Beer and Victoria Villarroel's Birthday Parties," 9 Mar. 2020 Also a prime target: women and their relationships with makeup, shaving, high heels and thong underwear. 8 p.m. Friday, Royal Oak Music Theatre. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including St. Paddy's fun, Whitney Cummings, Monster Jam at Ford Field," 11 Mar. 2020 These back-in-stock suits clock in at the $32 to $35 price range, are available in either thong or bikini-brief bottoms, and come in a chic four-color range (tomato red, white, black, or black-and-white stripe). Elizabeth Buxton,, "Everlane’s Sold-Out Bodysuits Are Back In Stock, Baby," 21 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of thong

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thong

Middle English, from Old English thwong; akin to Old Norse thvengr thong

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The first known use of thong was before the 12th century

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5 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thong.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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How to pronounce thong (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thong

: a long thin strip of material (such as leather) that is used to attach something
: a kind of women's underpants that has only a thin strip of material in the back


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Kids Definition of thong

1 : a strip of leather used especially for fastening something
2 : a sandal held on by straps that run across the foot and between the big and second toe

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