Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Speechless or confused in expression, as from shyness, embarrassment, or astonishment.
  • adjective Affected with tongue-tie.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Destitute of the power of distinct articulation; having an impediment in the speech, esp. when caused by a short frænum.
  • adjective Unable to speak freely, from whatever cause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective idiomatic Unable to express oneself clearly or fluently; at a loss for words.
  • adjective Suffering from tongue-tie or ankyloglossia.

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

  • adjective unable to express yourself clearly or fluently

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Examples

  • Never had a guy made me feel so flustered, so completely tongue-tied, so . . . so hyperaware and self-conscious as this one did.

    Haven

  • When he bumped into people, instead of thanking them for keeping him on his feet, he complained in a slurred and tongue-tied voice.

    Dreamseller: The Calling

  • Never had a guy made me feel so flustered, so completely tongue-tied, so . . . so hyperaware and self-conscious as this one did.

    Haven

  • When I tried to do what they wanted, I was a tongue-tied mess.

    Fallin’ Up

  • 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?

    I Just Called to Say, Ahem, I, Uhh, Love You

  • When I tried to do what they wanted, I was a tongue-tied mess.

    Fallin’ Up

  • I have ever been tongue-tied with the king, and I have never been able to play anything.

    Exit the Actress

  • I have ever been tongue-tied with the king, and I have never been able to play anything.

    Exit the Actress

  • Never had a guy made me feel so flustered, so completely tongue-tied, so . . . so hyperaware and self-conscious as this one did.

    Haven

  • Never had a guy made me feel so flustered, so completely tongue-tied, so . . . so hyperaware and self-conscious as this one did.

    Haven

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  • The best description when I met someone:)How can I get rid of that?!So awkward,so "not myself".

    January 31, 2007