Translation of tongue in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /tʌŋ/


  • 1 c 1.1 [Anat] lengua (f) to poke o put o stick one's tongue out at sb sacarle* la lengua a algn with one's tongue hanging out con la lengua fuera her behavior has set tongues wagging in the village su comportamiento ha dado que hablar en el pueblo to bite one's tongue [colloquial/familiar] morderse* la lengua to get one's tongue around sth [colloquial/familiar] pronunciar algo I can't get my tongue around his name su nombre me resulta muy difícil de pronunciar to have a cruel o sharp o wicked tongue tener* lengua viperina or de víbora to have a loose tongue hablar más de la cuenta loose tongues cost lives las indiscreciones cuestan vidas to hold one's tongue callarse, contenerse* to keep a civil tongue in one's head expresarse en lenguaje respetuoso to loosen sb's tongue hacer* hablar a algn the wine loosened their tongues el vino les soltó la lengua to lose one's tongue have you lost your tongue? ¿te ha comido la lengua el gato?, ¿te han comido la lengua los ratones? to say sth (with) tongue in cheek decir* algo medio burlándose or medio en broma the film was supposed to be tongue in cheek se suponía que la película no iba del todo en serio tongue-in-cheek comments comentarios (mpl) irónicos 1.2 u c [Culin] lengua (f)
  • 3 [Ling] (language) lengua (f), idioma (m) mother/native tongue lengua materna/nativa the gift of tongues el don de lenguas to speak in tongues hablar en lenguas desconocidas

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