tongue-tie

verb
\ ˈtəŋ-ˌtī How to pronounce tongue-tie (audio) \
tongue-tied; tongue-tying; tongue-ties

Definition of tongue-tie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to deprive of speech or the power of distinct articulation

tongue-tie

noun

Definition of tongue-tie (Entry 2 of 2)

: a congenital defect characterized by limited mobility of the tongue due to a short frenulum

First Known Use of tongue-tie

Verb

1555, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tongue-tie

Verb

back-formation from tongue-tied

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The first known use of tongue-tie was in 1555

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“Tongue-tie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tongue-tie. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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tongue-tie

noun

Medical Definition of tongue-tie

: a congenital defect characterized by limited mobility of the tongue due to shortness of the frenulum : ankyloglossia

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