American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Speechless or confused in expression, as from shyness, embarrassment, or astonishment.
- adj. Affected with tongue-tie.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the tongue tied, by reason of the shortness of the bridle or frenum, to the extent of impeding speech or causing indistinct articulation.
- Unable to speak out or freely from whatever cause, as embarrassment: as, “tongue-tied simplicity,”
- adj. idiomatic Unable to express oneself clearly or fluently; at a loss for words.
- adj. Suffering from tongue-tie or ankyloglossia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of the power of distinct articulation; having an impediment in the speech, esp. when caused by a short frænum.
- adj. Unable to speak freely, from whatever cause.
- adj. unable to express yourself clearly or fluently
“I have ever been tongue-tied with the king, and I have never been able to play anything.”
“Never had a guy made me feel so flustered, so completely tongue-tied, so . . . so hyperaware and self-conscious as this one did.”
“When I tried to do what they wanted, I was a tongue-tied mess.”
“How is it that we find a way to ask a boss for a raise or tell a spouse we hate their outfit, but we end up tongue-tied when we try to say "I love you" to the people who matter most to us?”
“When he bumped into people, instead of thanking them for keeping him on his feet, he complained in a slurred and tongue-tied voice.”
“I could have said many different things at that point, or I could have suffered from a tongue-tied teenager attack, but I opted to give credit where it was due.”
“I can't recall another moment when I was ever tongue-tied.”
“Apple -- whose marketers introduced the iPod with the pithy pitch "a thousand songs in your pocket" -- seems positively tongue-tied when seeking to describe Apple TV.”
“There was something inexpressibly sacred about it, yet she found herself tongue-tied.”
“The ruling was hailed as a shift away from what tongue-tied media organizations here call "super injunctions" — orders that prevent media outlets from naming the person who obtained the injunction, or that such an injunction even exists.”
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