thong

[thawng, thong]
noun
1.
a strip of material, especially of leather or hide, used to fasten or secure something.
2.
a strip of leather or hide used for whipping; whiplash.
3.
a shoe or slipper fastened to the foot chiefly by a strip of leather or other material passing between the first and second toes and often attaching to another strip of material, as a strap across the instep or around the ankle.
4.
a brief garment for the lower body that exposes the buttocks, consisting of a strip of fabric passing between the thighs and attached to a band around the waist.

Origin:
before 950; Middle English; Old English thwong; akin to Old Norse thvengr strap, thvinga to compel

thonged, adjective

thong, tong, tongue.
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thong (θɒŋ)
 
n
1.  a thin strip of leather or other material, such as one used for lashing things together
2.  a whip or whiplash, esp one made of leather
3.  (US), (Canadian), (Austral), (NZ) the usual name for flip-flop
4.  a.  a skimpy article of beachwear, worn by men or women, consisting of thin strips of leather or cloth attached to a piece of material that covers the genitals while leaving the buttocks bare
 b.  a similar item of underwear
 
[Old English thwang; related to Old High German dwang reins, Old Norse thvengr strap]

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thong
O.E. þwong "thong, narrow strip of leather (used as a cord, band, strip, etc.)," from P.Gmc. *thwangaz (cf. O.N. þvengr), from PIE base *twengh- "to press in on, to restrain." As a kind of sandal, first attested 1965; as a kind of bikini briefs, 1990.
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A string bikini or thong is also a type of undergarment worn by both men and women.
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