Definition of tongue-tied in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʌŋtʌɪd/


1Too shy or embarrassed to speak: Barbara was tongue-tied in the presence of her parents
More example sentences
  • Neither could really speak, being tongue-tied and breathless.
  • Anonymous messaging and chat rooms let you flirt to your heart's content without any embarrassment or getting tongue-tied.
  • He became tongue-tied, embarrassed, and never acted like himself.
lost for words, at a loss for words, struck dumb, dumbstruck, bereft of speech, speechless, wordless, unable to get a word out, inarticulate;
informal mum
rare dumbstricken, mumchance, obmutescent
2Having a malformation restricting the movement of the tongue.
Example sentences
  • I was born tongue-tied in the most literal sense: the tissue connecting my tongue to the floor of my mouth was short and thick, limiting lingual movement.
  • If you are medically tongue-tied, you shouldn't be able to touch the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth with your mouth open as wide as you can.

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