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. And now two persons of distinction, who were at once recognised by Don Quixote as his hosts the duke and duchess, ascended the stage attended by a numerous suite, and seated themselves on two gorgeous chairs close to the two kings, as they seemed to be.
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.
The clerks surveyed him with great curiosity, and he, not knowing well what to say to this ascending and descending scale, remained tongue-tied.
It, however, checked her advances, and for some time held her tongue-tied. At length she determined to commence the discourse by entering on a subject that was apt to level all human distinctions, and in which she might display her own abilities.
ANTIGONE Tell him thyself, unhappy one, thine errand; For large discourse may send a thrill of joy, Or stir a chord of wrath or tenderness, And to the tongue-tied somehow give a tongue.
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.
She could not bring herself to utter a word as she embraced her schoolfellow; and Agatha was tongue-tied too.
Tongue-tied by inexperience and by excess of ardor, wooing unwittingly and awkwardly, Martin continued his approach by contact.
"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 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.