tongue and groove


: a joint made by a tongue on one edge of a board fitting into a corresponding groove on the edge of another board
tongue-and-groove adjective

Examples of tongue and groove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Installation can be completed in 30 minutes due to the simple tongue and groove design. Addie Morton, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 July 2023 Another tongue and groove pine coffered ceiling appears in the kitchen, which is outfitted with GE Monogram appliances and Delta fixtures. Mary Colurso |, al, 21 Apr. 2023 In the great room, the ceiling was raised and beautiful beams and tongue and groove were added. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 26 Jan. 2023 The arched bookcases exude a clean, modern aesthetic — especially when paired with the white tongue and groove ceiling. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 10 Jan. 2023 There are a variety of wall applications that look similar to shiplap, namely nickel gap and tongue and groove. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2022 The planks of shiplap, nickel gap, and tongue and groove each connect in a different way, which is what results in three different looks but with a similar effect. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2022 The chest itself is styled with a spiffy cottage-look and tongue and groove paneling. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 26 May 2022 The 2,162-square-foot home was built in 1975 and features the original tongue and groove paneling. Monica Mercuri, House Beautiful, 21 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tongue and groove was in 1860

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“Tongue and groove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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