forked tongue


: intent to mislead or deceive
usually used in the phrase to speak with forked tongue

Examples of forked tongue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Accompanying Mama Odie was a bopping Juju, a snake companion who was bouncing over a plate of beignets, forked tongue hanging out in a dry but convincing drool. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2024 Nearby, Otis Bofill, 5, was staring at the Komodo dragon, who kept sticking out his forked tongue in Otis’s direction. Steve Rubenstein,, 17 Sep. 2020 For instance, Horner says that in the kitchen scene in Jurassic Park, the movie producers wanted the Velociraptors to flick forked tongues in the air, like snakes. Alessandra Potenza, The Verge, 19 June 2018 My boyfriend clung to Waldo’s fur and stretched his little, forked tongue out for the crickets in my hand. Chicago Tribune,, 2 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forked tongue was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Forked tongue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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