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tongue-tied

[tuhng-tahyd] /ˈtʌŋˌtaɪd/
adjective
1.
unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise.
2.
affected with tongue-tie.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; tongue + tied

tongue-tie

[tuhng-tahy] /ˈtʌŋˌtaɪ/
noun
1.
impeded motion of the tongue caused especially by shortness of the frenum, which binds it to the floor of the mouth.
verb (used with object), tongue-tied, tongue-tying.
2.
to make tongue-tied.
Origin
1545-55; back formation from tongue-tied
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Examples from the web for tongue-tied
  • If you get tongue-tied when trying to learn a new language, your genes may be to blame, a new study suggests.
  • Think ahead what you might say, so you don't get tongue-tied.
  • In ankyloglossia the lingual frenum is too short resulting in a tongue-tied condition.
British Dictionary definitions for tongue-tied

tongue-tied

adjective
1.
speechless, esp with embarrassment or shyness
2.
having a condition of tongue-tie

tongue-tie

noun
1.
a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum
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tongue-tied in Medicine

tongue-tie n.
Restricted mobility of the tongue resulting from abnormal shortness of the frenum. Also called ankyloglossia.

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