Tongue-tied Tongue"-tied`, a. 1. Destitute of the power of distinct articulation; having an impediment in the speech, esp. when caused by a short fr[ae]num. [1913 Webster]

2. Unable to speak freely, from whatever cause. [1913 Webster]

Love, therefore, and tongue-tied simplicity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tongue-tied — təŋ .tīd adj characteristic of or affected with tongue tie …   Medical dictionary

  • tongue-tied — tongue′ tied adj. 1) unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise 2) pat affected with tongue tie • Etymology: 1520–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • tongue-tied — [tuŋ′tīd΄] adj. 1. having a condition of tongue tie 2. speechless from amazement, embarrassment, etc …   English World dictionary

  • tongue-tied — index inarticulate, mute, speechless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tongue-tied — tongue ,tied adjective unable to speak because you are nervous or embarrassed …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tongue-tied — [adj] speechless aghast, amazed, astounded, at a loss for words, bashful, choked up, dazed, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, inarticulate, mum, mute, shocked, shy, silent, stammering, uncommunicative, voiceless; concept 267 …   New thesaurus

  • tongue-tied — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ too shy or embarrassed to speak …   English terms dictionary

  • tongue-tied — 1. mod. unable to speak from fear or confusion. (Standard English.) □ I was tongue tied and useless. □ Why do you get tongue tied in front of a crowd? 2. mod. alcohol intoxicated. □ He was tongue tied and couldn’t stand up …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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