from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Restricted mobility of the tongue resulting from abnormal shortness of the frenum.
  • transitive v. To make tongue-tied.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ankyloglossia, a congenital oral anomaly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Impeded motion of the tongue because of the shortness of the frænum, or of the adhesion of its margins to the gums.
  • transitive v. To deprive of speech or the power of speech, or of distinct articulation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of the power of speech or of distinct articulation.
  • n. Impeded motion of the tongue in consequence of the shortness of the frenum linguæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Have you had your baby evaluated for a tongue-tie?

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  • A minor medical procedure can correct the problem of tongue-tie.

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  • A tongue-tie, which isn't always immediately visible to the mom, is one cause of the type of problems you're having.

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  • 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.

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  • Nothing will tongue-tie a man quicker than a well-spoken woman.

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  • 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.

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  • No authority existed that could tongue-tie his art.

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  • 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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