tongue-tied

[tuhng-tahyd]
adjective
1.
unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise.
2.
affected with tongue-tie.

Origin:
1520–30; tongue + tied

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tongue-tie

[tuhng-tahy]
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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tongue-tie
 
n
a congenital condition in which the tongue has restricted mobility as the result of an abnormally short frenulum

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

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

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tongue-tied definition


  1. mod.
    unable to speak from fear or confusion. (Standard English.) : Why do you get tongue-tied in front of a crowd?
  2. mod.
    alcohol intoxicated. : He was tongue-tied and couldn't stand up.
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Example sentences
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.
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