tongue-tied


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tongue-tied

(tŭng′tīd′)
adj.
1. Speechless or confused in expression, as from shyness, embarrassment, or astonishment.
2. Affected with tongue-tie.

tongue-tied

adj
1. speechless, esp with embarrassment or shyness
2. (Pathology) having a condition of tongue-tie

tongue′-tied`



adj.
1. unable to speak, as from shyness, embarrassment, or surprise.
2. affected with tongue-tie.
[1520–30]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tongue-tied - unable to express yourself clearly or fluentlytongue-tied - unable to express yourself clearly or fluently; "felt tongue-tied with embarrassment"; "incoherent with grief"
inarticulate, unarticulate - without or deprived of the use of speech or words; "inarticulate beasts"; "remained stupidly inarticulate and saying something noncommittal"; "inarticulate with rage"; "an inarticulate cry"

tongue-tied

adjective speechless, dumb, mute, inarticulate, dumbstruck, struck dumb, at a loss for words In their presence I became self-conscious and tongue-tied.
articulate, chatty, talkative, wordy, effusive, garrulous, voluble, loquacious, verbose
Translations

tongue-tied

[ˈtʌŋtaɪd] ADJcon la lengua trabada (fig) → tímido, cortado, premioso (frm)

tongue-tied

[ˈtʌŋˌtaɪd] adj (fig) → muto/a
he was tongue-tied with embarrassment → l'imbarrazzo lo ha fatto ammutolire
References in classic literature ?
The company looked at each other with a perplexed interest -- and inquiringly at Huck, who was tongue-tied.
By the side of this stage, which was reached by steps, were two other chairs on which the men carrying the prisoners seated Don Quixote and Sancho, all in silence, and by signs giving them to understand that they too were to he silent; which, however, they would have been without any signs, for their amazement at all they saw held them tongue-tied.
These two men who had lived so long together in a community of intelligence, and whose eyes, accustomed to economize expressions, knew how to say so many things silently - these two old friends, one as noble as the other in heart, if they were unequal in fortune and birth, remained tongue-tied whilst looking at each other.
It would be a pretty thing indeed, it we were to be tongue-tied by our servants
She lingered instead, and finding him tongue-tied, spoke to him.
I am tongue-tied at present," said Julia, laughing; "but not on every subject," she continued, blushing to the eyes; "do tell me of St.
The clerks surveyed him with great curiosity, and he, not knowing well what to say to this ascending and descending scale, remained tongue-tied.
She could not bring herself to utter a word as she embraced her schoolfellow; and Agatha was tongue-tied too.
It, however, checked her advances, and for some time held her tongue-tied.
I was all this while chafing at the part I played, and sitting tongue-tied between shame and merriment; but somehow at this I could hold in no longer, and bade Alan let me be, for I was better already.
These liquors have so far truth in them that they were not false enough to make poor Dagley seem merry: they only made his discontent less tongue-tied than usual.
when an interviewer/ questioner poses a query to a politician (any one of them) and after listening to the never ending rhetoric (much being irrelevant to the actual query), the loss of words,stuttering, stammering and becoming tongue-tied (or 'twisted'), the interviewer/ questioner after repeating the query many times all to no avail, either gives up asking or is so confused can't remember what his/her question was in the first place