American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Restricted mobility of the tongue resulting from abnormal shortness of the frenum.
- v. To make tongue-tied.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Impeded motion of the tongue in consequence of the shortness of the frenum linguæ.
- To deprive of the power of speech or of distinct articulation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Impeded motion of the tongue because of the shortness of the frænum, or of the adhesion of its margins to the gums.
- v. To deprive of speech or the power of speech, or of distinct articulation.
- n. a congenital anomaly in which the mucous membrane under the tongue is too short limiting the mobility of the tongue
- v. deprive of speech
“Some of them couldn't get enough milk going; some had nipples that were too big, or a baby with a too-small mouth, or a baby with a tongue-tie, or a baby that just didn't feed, got jaundice from not feeding, had to go back into hospital and, by the time it came out, was bottle-accomplished but no longer knew how to do it the old-fashioned way.”
“Sir Michael Stoute is trying him in a tongue-tie today and the colt would have a major chance if back to the best of his juvenile form.”
“Have you had your baby evaluated for a tongue-tie?”
“A minor medical procedure can correct the problem of tongue-tie.”
“A tongue-tie, which isn't always immediately visible to the mom, is one cause of the type of problems you're having.”
“In 1820, a tavern keeper arrived named Eliphalet Snedecor (there were few easy names on Long Island back then; they tongue-tie visitors to this day), who rented land from Mr. Nicoll.”
“Nothing will tongue-tie a man quicker than a well-spoken woman.”
“Anyway, she needs two teeth extracted and she has a tongue-tie, apparently, though you wouldn't know it from the rate she talks, and then in June the orthodontist is going to start doing major work...we have insurance.”
“No authority existed that could tongue-tie his art.”
“And Mr. Browning likes me, I think, because I am younger even than he and am not pretty enough to tongue-tie him.”
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