- a strip of material, especially of leather or hide, used to fasten or secure something.
- a strip of leather or hide used for whipping; whiplash.
- a shoe or slipper fastened to the foot chiefly by a strip of leather or other material passing between the first and second toes and often attaching to another strip of material, as a strap across the instep or around the ankle.
- a brief garment for the lower body that exposes the buttocks, consisting of a strip of fabric passing between the thighs and attached to a band around the waist.
- a thin strip of leather or other material, such as one used for lashing things together
- a whip or whiplash, esp one made of leather
- US, Canadian, Australian and NZ the usual name for flip-flop (def. 5)
- a skimpy article of beachwear, worn by men or women, consisting of thin strips of leather or cloth attached to a piece of material that covers the genitals while leaving the buttocks bare
- a similar item of underwear
n.Old English þwong “thong, narrow strip of leather (used as a cord, band, strip, etc.),” from Proto-Germanic *thwangaz (cf. Old Norse þvengr), from PIE root *twengh- “to press in on, to restrain.” As a kind of sandal, first attested 1965; as a kind of bikini briefs, 1990.