Main definitions of tong in English

: tong1tong2

tong1

noun

  • A Chinese association or secret society in the US, frequently associated with underworld criminal activity.

    • ‘The struggle for control of these illicit businesses also gave rise to frequent intrigues, violence, and political corruption and to sensational press coverage of the so-called tong wars.’
    • ‘I guess what I'm saying is we can complain all we want about the tong culture and how the rule of law can be a joke in this country, but we have to start somewhere if we want to fix things.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Chinese ( Cantonese dialect) t'ōng, literally meeting place.

Pronunciation:

tong

/tôNG//täNG/

Main definitions of tong in English

: tong1tong2

tong2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Collect, lift, or handle (items such as logs or oysters) using tongs.

Pronunciation:

tong

/tôNG//täNG/