Meaning of “tongue” in the English Dictionary

"tongue" in British English

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uk /tʌŋ/ us /tʌŋ/

tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

B1 [ C ] the large, soft piece of flesh in the mouth that you can move, and is used for tasting, speaking, etc.:

I burned my tongue on some soup last night.

[ U ] the tongue of an animal, used as food

More examples

  • The tip of the tongue is sensitive to salt and sweet stimuli and the back of the tongue is sensitive to bitter stimuli.
  • The horse rasped my hand with his tongue as I fed him the apple.
  • The poet compares his lover's tongue to a razor blade.
  • The doctor asked me to stick out my tongue and say 'aah'.
  • The tour guide kept sticking out her tongue and licking her lips - it was very distracting!

(Definition of “tongue” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tongue" in American English

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us /tʌŋ/

tongue noun (MOUTH PART)

the movable part in the mouth that is used in tasting and swallowing food and, in people, in producing speech

tongue noun (LANGUAGE)

[ C ] a language:

McAdam could speak the Eskimo tongue, too.

(Definition of “tongue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)