1
: unable or disinclined to speak freely (as from shyness)
2
: affected with tongue-tie

Word History

First Known Use

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tongue-tied was in 1529

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Cite this Entry

“Tongue-tied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tongue-tied. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

tongue-tied

adjective
-ˌtīd
: unable to speak clearly or freely (as from shyness)

Medical Definition

tongue-tied

adjective
: characteristic of or affected with tongue-tie

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