\ ˈtäŋz How to pronounce tongs (audio) , ˈtȯŋz \

Definition of tongs

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

First Known Use of tongs

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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

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“Tongs.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tongs. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tongs

: a tool used for lifting or holding objects that is made of two long pieces connected at one end or in the middle
\ ˈtäŋz How to pronounce tongs (audio) , ˈtȯŋz \

Kids Definition of tongs

: 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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