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American English: /təŋ/
British English: /tʌŋ/

Translation of tongue in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1 (Anatomy) to poke or put or stick one's tongue out at somebody
    sacarle la lengua a alguien
    with one's tongue hanging out her behavior has set tongues wagging in the village
    su comportamiento ha dado que hablar en el pueblo
    to bite one's tongue [colloquial] to get one's tongue around something [colloquial]
    pronunciar algo
    I can't get my tongue around his name
    su nombre me resulta muy difícil de pronunciar
    to have a cruel or sharp or 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
    to keep a civil tongue in one's head
    expresarse en lenguaje respetuoso
    to loosen somebody's tongue
    hacer hablar a alguien
    the wine loosened their tongues
    el vino les soltó la lengua
    to lose one's tonguehave you lost your tongue?
    ¿te ha comido la lengua el gato?
    ¿te han comido la lengua los ratones?
    to say something (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 (masculine plural) irónicos
    Example sentences
    • Swallowing, which is accomplished by muscle movements in the tongue and mouth, moves the food into the throat, or pharynx.
    • The tongue and mucous membranes lose their glistening appearance and the buccal mucosa becomes sticky.
    • In a swallow, the tongue presses the bolus into the pharynx.
    1.2 uncountable and countable (Cooking)
    Example sentences
    • Stir in the remaining pork tongue, chili paste and miso.
    • Soak tongue in cold running water for three to four hours.
    • It might be impossible to move an entire case of tongue or oxtail or side of lamb unless the person requesting it buys at least half.
  • 2 countable (of flame)
    (on buckle) hebijón (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • Beneath the cries of curlews, low tongues of land balance precariously between sea and marsh.
    • The Wakhan, a tongue of land in Afghanistan's north-east, touches China.
    • Marshy tongues of land determined property lines more than geometric principles of land settlement.
    Example sentences
    • I still hear the screams of terrified people through the hissing of fire, still see tongues of flame rear high into a night sky, darkened even more by heavy black smoke.
    • Flames like tongues of fire engulfed the farmhouse, porch and all, angry, cracking flames that left no exit.
    • The moment the blade touched it, it flared into flame, sending tongues of fire up the blade.
    Example sentences
    • Different models of the shoe had different pump systems, which were integrated into the tongue of the shoe.
    • What's stupider, putting extra tongues in your shoes or trying to skate in extra-tight women's pants?
    • At breakfast, he's wearing shoes with enormous tongues, loose-fitting trousers and an oversized shirt.
    Example sentences
    • Here, he refers to the swinging of a bell in which the lip, arch, or "bow" of the bell rises up to one side, and then meets the bell's "tongue," or chime.
    • To this the young devotees made their way, and after fastening cords to the bell's tongue they tossed ropes to their aiders and abettors below.
    • The tongue of the bell should weigh 1/20 the weight of the bell.
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