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Toung vs. Tongue — Which is Correct Spelling?

By Tayyaba Rehman — Updated on September 7, 2023
"Toung" is an incorrect spelling, while "Tongue" is correct. "Tongue" refers to the fleshy muscular organ in the mouth.
Toung vs. Tongue — Which is Correct Spelling?

Which is correct: Toung or Tongue

How to spell Tongue?

Toung

Incorrect Spelling

Tongue

Correct Spelling
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Key Differences

Visualize the shape of a tongue, and think of the "ue" at the end as its tip.
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Think of "tongue-tied" when trying to recall the spelling.
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Remember "u" always follows "g" in "Tongue."
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Associate "tongue" with "long" — both have an "o" followed by a "ng."
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Recall the phrase, "tip of the tongue" which ends in "ue."
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Tongue Definitions

A particular way or quality of speaking.
She has a sharp tongue when angry.
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A language or dialect.
English is his mother tongue.
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A projecting strip on a wooden board fitting into a groove on another piece.
The carpenter joined the boards using a tongue-and-groove joint.
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The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth of a typical vertebrate. It manipulates food for mastication and swallowing as part of the digestive process, and is the primary organ of taste.
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The fleshy muscular organ in the mouth of a mammal, used for tasting, licking, swallowing, and (in humans) articulating speech.
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Used in reference to a person's style or manner of speaking
He was a redoubtable debater with a caustic tongue
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A strip of leather or fabric under the laces in a shoe, attached only at the front end.
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The free-swinging metal piece inside a bell which is made to strike the bell to produce the sound.
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A long, low promontory of land.
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A projecting strip on a wooden board fitting into a groove on another.
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The vibrating reed of a musical instrument or organ pipe.
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A jet of flame
A tongue of flame flashed from the gun
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Sound (a note) distinctly on a wind instrument by interrupting the air flow with the tongue
Eugene has worked out the correct tonguing
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Lick or caress with the tongue
The other horse tongued every part of the colt's mane
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The fleshy, movable, muscular organ, attached in most vertebrates to the floor of the mouth, that is the principal organ of taste, an aid in chewing and swallowing, and, in humans, an important organ of speech.
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An analogous organ or part in invertebrate animals, as in certain insects or mollusks.
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The tongue of an animal, such as a cow, used as food.
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A spoken language or dialect.
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Speech; talk
If there is goodness in your heart, it will come to your tongue.
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The act or power of speaking
She had no tongue to answer.
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Tongues Speech or vocal sounds produced in a state of religious ecstasy.
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Style or quality of utterance
Her sharp tongue.
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The bark or baying of a hunting dog that sees game
The dog gave tongue when the fox came through the hedge.
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The vibrating end of a reed in a wind instrument.
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A flame.
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The flap of material under the laces or buckles of a shoe.
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A spit of land; a promontory.
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A bell clapper.
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The harnessing pole attached to the front axle of a horse-drawn vehicle.
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A protruding strip along the edge of a board that fits into a matching groove on the edge of another board.
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(Music) To separate or articulate (notes played on a brass or wind instrument) by shutting off the stream of air with the tongue.
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To touch or lick with the tongue.
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To give (someone) a French-kiss.
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To provide (a board) with a tongue.
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To join by means of a tongue and groove.
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(Archaic) To scold.
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(Music) To articulate notes on a brass or wind instrument.
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To project
A spit of land tonguing into the bay.
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The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech.
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This organ, as taken from animals used for food (especially cows).
Cold tongue with mustard
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Any similar organ, such as the lingual ribbon, or odontophore, of a mollusk; the proboscis of a moth or butterfly; or the lingua of an insect.
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(metonym) A language.
He was speaking in his native tongue.
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(obsolete) Speakers of a language, collectively.
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(obsolete) Voice the distinctive sound of a person's speech; accent distinctive manner of pronouncing a language.
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Manner of speaking, often habitually.
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(metonym) A person speaking in a specified manner (most often plural).
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The power of articulate utterance; speech generally.
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(obsolete) Discourse; fluency of speech or expression.
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Discourse; fluency of speech or expression.
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(obsolete) Honourable discourse; eulogy.
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Glossolalia.
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In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot (so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth).
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Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive or machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part.
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A projection, or slender appendage or fixture.
The tongue of a buckle, or of a balance
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A long, narrow strip of land, projecting from the mainland into a sea or lake.
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The pole of a vehicle; especially, the pole of an ox cart, to the end of which the oxen are yoked.
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The clapper of a bell.
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(figuratively) An individual point of flame from a fire.
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A small sole (type of fish).
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(nautical) A short piece of rope spliced into the upper part of standing backstays, etc.; also, the upper main piece of a mast composed of several pieces.
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(music) A reed.
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(geology) A division of formation; A layer or member of a formation that pinches out in one direction.
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On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive).
Playing wind instruments involves tonguing on the reed or mouthpiece.
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(slang) To manipulate with the tongue, as in kissing or oral sex.
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To protrude in relatively long, narrow sections.
A soil horizon that tongues into clay
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To talk; to prate.
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To speak; to utter.
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To chide; to scold.
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An organ situated in the floor of the mouth of most vertebrates and connected with the hyoid arch.
To make his English sweet upon his tongue.
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The power of articulate utterance; speech.
Parrots imitating human tongue.
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Honorable discourse; eulogy.
She was born noble; let that title find her a private grave, but neither tongue nor honor.
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A language; the whole sum of words used by a particular nation; as, the English tongue.
Whose tongue thou shalt not understand.
To speak all tongues.
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Speech; words or declarations only; - opposed to thoughts or actions.
My little children, let us love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
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A people having a distinct language.
A will gather all nations and tongues.
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The lingual ribbon, or odontophore, of a mollusk.
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Any small sole.
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That which is considered as resembing an animal's tongue, in position or form.
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A projection, or slender appendage or fixture; as, the tongue of a buckle, or of a balance.
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A projection on the side, as of a board, which fits into a groove.
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A point, or long, narrow strip of land, projecting from the mainland into a sea or a lake.
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A short piece of rope spliced into the upper part of standing backstays, etc.; also. the upper main piece of a mast composed of several pieces.
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To modulate or modify with the tongue, as notes, in playing the flute and some other wind instruments.
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To join means of a tongue and grove; as, to tongue boards together.
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To use the tongue in forming the notes, as in playing the flute and some other wind instruments.
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A mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
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A human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language
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Any long thin projection that is transient;
Tongues of flame licked at the walls
Rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark
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A manner of speaking;
He spoke with a thick tongue
She has a glib tongue
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A narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea
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The tongue of certain animals used as meat
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The flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot
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Metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
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Articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments
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Lick or explore with the tongue
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The movable, fleshy muscular organ inside the mouth.
The cat licked its paw with its tongue.
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A strip of leather or similar material under the lacing or fastening of a shoe.
The tongue of my shoe came out.
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Common Curiosities

What is the verb form of Tongue?

To "tongue" means to articulate a note on a wind instrument or to touch with the tongue.
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What is the root word of Tongue?

The root word is the Old English "tunge."
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Why is it called Tongue?

The term derives from Old English "tunge," which means the organ in the mouth and a language or dialect.
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What is the plural form of Tongue?

The plural form is "tongues."
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Which preposition is used with Tongue?

"On" is common, as in "on the tip of one's tongue."
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Which conjunction is used with Tongue?

Any conjunction can be used depending on the context.
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Which article is used with Tongue?

Both "a" and "the" can be used depending on context.
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Is Tongue an abstract noun?

Not in its primary meaning, but when referring to a manner of speaking or a language, it can be.
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What is the pronunciation of Tongue?

It is pronounced as /tʌŋ/.
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Which vowel is used before Tongue?

The vowel "u" is used.
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Is Tongue a vowel or consonant?

"Tongue" is a word containing both vowels and consonants.
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Is the Tongue term a metaphor?

It can be used metaphorically, as in "the tongue of the land."
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Is Tongue an adverb?

No, it is not an adverb.
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What is a stressed syllable in Tongue?

The entire word "tongue" is stressed, as it's a single syllable.
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What is the singular form of Tongue?

"Tongue" itself is singular.
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Is Tongue a negative or positive word?

It's neutral but can take on either tone depending on context.
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What is the first form of Tongue?

As a verb, the first form is "tongue."
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What is the opposite of Tongue?

There isn't a direct opposite, but "silence" contrasts with its communicative function.
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Is Tongue a noun or adjective?

"Tongue" is primarily a noun.
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Is Tongue a collective noun?

No, it is not a collective noun.
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How many syllables are in Tongue?

There is one syllable.
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How do we divide Tongue into syllables?

It is a one-syllable word: Tongue.
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What part of speech is Tongue?

"Tongue" is primarily a noun but can also be a verb.
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What is another term for Tongue?

Lingua or language.
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Which determiner is used with Tongue?

Determiners such as "my," "his," "her," "this," or "that" can be used.
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What is the second form of Tongue?

Tongued.
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What is the third form of Tongue?

Tongued.
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Is Tongue a countable noun?

Yes, e.g., "the tongues of the choir were angelic."
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Is the word Tongue is imperative?

No, it is not an imperative.
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How is Tongue used in a sentence?

"She bit her tongue to prevent herself from saying something she'd regret."
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