tongue-tied

adjective
\ ˈtəŋ-ˌtīd How to pronounce tongue-tied (audio) \

Definition of tongue-tied

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

First Known Use of tongue-tied

1529, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tongue-tied was in 1529

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“Tongue-tied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tongue-tied. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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tongue-tied

adjective
How to pronounce tongue-tied (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tongue-tied

: unable to speak because you are nervous or shy

tongue-tied

adjective
\ ˈtəŋ-ˌtīd \

Kids Definition of tongue-tied

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

tongue-tied

adjective
\ ˈtəŋ-ˌtīd How to pronounce tongue-tied (audio) \

Medical Definition of tongue-tied

: characteristic of or affected with tongue-tie

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