Definition of thong in English:


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Pronunciation: /θɒŋ


  • 1A narrow strip of leather or other material, used especially as a fastening or as the lash of a whip.
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    • A wooden ladder lashed together with leather thongs led into a hole into the ceiling above.
    • The assortment of straps and leather thongs and long, heavy stirrups annoyed him.
    • He managed adequately, though, in subzero temperatures by wrapping his feet in meal sacks which were nailed to his 12-foot long skis and lashed in place with leather thongs.
    strip, band, cord, string, lash, tie, belt, strap, tape, rope, tether
  • 2A skimpy bathing garment or pair of knickers like a G-string: [as modifier]: by day it’s miniskirts and by the pool thong bikinis
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    • Some spider thongs, suspender G-strings, and skimpy tops come with a warning that they aren't for everyone.
    • The women favor skimpy bikinis with a thong cut.
    • Confidence evaporating, I dive to my right to escape and find myself in ladies lingerie amid a kaleidoscopic array of skimpy bras, thongs and fishnets.
  • 3North American & Australian A light sandal or flip-flop.
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    • As well, skip the sandals and stick to thongs or flip-flops.
    • Get your feet on the coolest loafers, lounges, sandals, thongs, and sneakers of the season, and be a step ahead of the rest.
    • Style is not necessarily synonymous with formal, making it possible for you to give casual shoes like thongs, slides and sneakers a try.


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  • Flog or lash with a whip.



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  • Roughly made thonged sandals were worn only in lowland areas where the terrain was rocky.
  • It's hard to keep the three sun-hungry Seattle guys off the long golden beaches where the thonged girls are.


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  • The next day, Frank and I were looking at some thongy sandals in the local leather emporium when I heard a voice behind me.


Old English thwang, thwong, of Germanic origin; related to German Zwang 'compulsion'. Compare with whang.

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