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 ?
I wouldn't be used to such grand people as the patriarchs and prophets, and I would be sheepish and tongue-tied in their company, and mighty glad to get out of it.
The company looked at each other with a perplexed interest -- and inquiringly at Huck, who was tongue-tied.
She could not bring herself to utter a word as she embraced her schoolfellow; and Agatha was tongue-tied too.
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.
The clerks surveyed him with great curiosity, and he, not knowing well what to say to this ascending and descending scale, remained tongue-tied.
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.
It, however, checked her advances, and for some time held her tongue-tied.
Newman, of course, was perforce tongue-tied about Valentin's projected duel, and his dramatic talent was not equal to satirizing Madame de Cintre's presentiment as pointedly as perfect security demanded.
And Mahbub stared deliberately at the Englishman, who stared as deliberately at Kim, quivering and 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.
He was the very opposite of William Rodney, she thought; he was shabby, his clothes were badly made, he was ill versed in the amenities of life; he was tongue-tied and awkward to the verge of obliterating his real character.
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.