tong

noun
\ ˈtäŋ How to pronounce tong (audio) , ˈtȯŋ \

Definition of tong

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a secret society or fraternal organization especially of Chinese in the U.S. formerly notorious for gang warfare

tong

verb
tonged; tonging; tongs

Definition of tong (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take, gather, hold, or handle with tongs tong oysters

intransitive verb

: to use tongs especially in taking or gathering something

Other Words from tong

Verb

tonger \ ˈtäŋ-​ər How to pronounce tong (audio) , ˈtȯŋ-​ \ noun

Examples of tong in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Aligned with Marvel's year-long commemoration of Deadpool, Funko dressed up Wade Wilson's mercenary in various costumes, including a construction worker, a backyard griller (with a gun as a tong), a Roman senator, and even a flamenco dancer. Nina Huang, EW.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Sohla’s sturdy 12-inch tweezers were a runaway hit, proving there’s no right or wrong tong. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 21 Dec. 2020 Ah Sahm suffered a humiliating defeat and was kicked out of his tong for his failure. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2020 After spritzing this on, adding soft waves with a tong will add movement and vitality. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 10 Dec. 2020 This spoiler tong can come in and ruin it for both of them, because Zing has got his own agenda. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2020 An employee handing out masks with a tong at one entrance to Caesars Palace estimated that 80% of visitors weren't wearing masks during reopening weekend. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, 7 June 2020 To remove cans, grip the edges with tongs and lift them carefully out of the pot. Saveur, 22 Apr. 2020 Gently toss with tongs until the cheese melts into a sauce and the spaghetti is well-coated. Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020 His business is quite a bit different from that of traditional watermen, who tong the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries for wild oysters. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tong

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1868, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for tong

Noun

Chinese (Guangdong) tòhng, literally, hall

Verb

tongs

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“Tong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tong. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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