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fang1 (fæŋ Pronunciation for fang1



  1. the long pointed hollow or grooved tooth of a venomous snake through which venom is injected
  2. any large pointed tooth, esp the canine or carnassial tooth of a carnivorous mammal
  3. the root of a tooth
  4. (usually plural) (British, informal) tooth   ⇒ clean your fangs

Derived Forms

fanged adjective
ˈfangless adjective
ˈfangˌlike adjective

Word Origin

Old English fang what is caught, prey; related to Old Norse fang a grip, German Fang booty


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= tooth, tusk

fang2 (fæŋ Pronunciation for fang2 (Australian) (informal)


verb (intransitive)

  1. to drive at great speed


  1. an act or instance of driving in such a way   ⇒ we took the car for a fang

Word Origin

C20: from Juan Manuel Fangio

Fang (fæŋ Pronunciation for Fang ; fɑːŋ Pronunciation for Fang



  1. Word forms:   plural Fangs, Fang
    . a member of a Negroid people of W Africa, living chiefly in the rain forests of Gabon and Rio Muni: noted for their use of iron and copper money and for their sculpture
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Bantu group of the Niger-Congo family

Translations for 'fang'

  • British English: fang Fangs are the two long, sharp, upper teeth that some animals have. NOUNThe cobra sank its venomous fangs into his hand.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presa
  • Chinese: > 尖牙动物的
  • European Spanish: colmillo
  • French: crochet
  • German: Fang
  • Italian: zanna
  • Japanese: きば
  • Korean: 송곳니
  • Portuguese: presa
  • Spanish: colmillo

Example Sentences Including 'fang'

A thin stream of venom ran down it, from a score in the leather where the fang had struck, but had failed to penetrate.
Jenkins, Geoffrey A Daystar of Fear
He bared strong white teeth, with more than a hint of fang about the incisors.
Kerr, Katharine A Time of War
In goes old stud, Deep in otter gaffed by welding cold Fish fur fang fowl fox ow ow ow.
Boris Johnson LEND ME YOUR EARS (2003)
The rest is mostly fang fights and bad acting, although it's always good to see that nice Christopher Plummer.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
This continuity of golden fang to golden flesh made a perfect golden circle.
Zindell, David The Broken God
We are, however, concerned about the pronounced collarbone (need to do better on the fang , girl.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2004)
Zermatt, Switzerland (most spectacular views): At Zermatt, the mighty Matterhorn gashes the sky like a great fang.
The Australian (2004)


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