Synonyms of tongue
1 languageDictionary • They feel passionately about their native tongue.
language • the English language
vernacular • To use the vernacular of the day, Peter was square.
talk • children babbling on in baby talk
dialect • the number of Italians who speak only local dialect
idiom • I was irritated by his use of archaic idiom.
parlance • He is, in common parlance, a `sad loser'.
lingo (informal) • I don't speak the lingo.
patois • people from the ghetto who speak street patois
argot • the argot of the university campus
2 utteranceDictionary • her sharp wit and quick tongue
utterance • the simple utterance of a few platitudes
voice • The crowd gave voice to their anger.
speech • the way common letter clusters are pronounced in speech
articulation • an actor able to sustain clear articulation over long periods
figurative note:In the human body, the tongue is the muscular tissue attached to the floor of the mouth used in chewing and speaking. Objects or areas which resemble a tongue also employ this metaphor, for example a tongue of land. The function of the tongue as one of the organs creating speech in humans has led tongue to mean a language, dialect, or idiom. Examples of this are foreign tongue, native tongue, and mother tongue. Equally, tongue can refer to an individual utterance or a manner of speaking, in combination with adjectives like quick, sharp, sweet, and vulgar. A tongue also describes a person's ability to speak: you can lose your tongue or be tongue-tied. The cat can even get your tongue!
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argotAn argot is a special language used by a particular group of people, which other people find difficult to understand.
• the argot of the university campus
articulationArticulation is the action of producing a sound or word clearly, in speech or music.
• an actor able to sustain clear articulation over long periods
dialectA dialect is a form of a language that is spoken in a particular area.
• the number of Italians who speak only local dialect
Thesaurus for tongue from the Collins English Thesaurus
a movable mass of muscular tissue attached to the floor of the mouth in most vertebrates. It is the organ of taste and aids the mastication and swallowing of food. In man it plays an important part in the articulation of speech sounds