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 and Etymology 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



TONGS Defined for English Language Learners

tongs

Definition of tongs for English Language Learners

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


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tongs

noun plural \ ˈtäŋz , ˈtȯŋz \

Definition of tongs for Students

: a tool for taking hold of or lifting something that consists usually of two movable pieces joined at one end or in the middle

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