speak/talk with (a) forked tongue

idiom

Definition of speak/talk with (a) forked tongue

: to speak in a dishonest way that is meant to deceive people
  • His colleagues accused him of speaking with a forked tongue.

Word by Word Definitions

speak play
  1. : to utter words or articulate sounds with the ordinary voice : talk

  2. : to express thoughts, opinions, or feelings orally

  3. : to extend a greeting

  1. used to form especially nonce words denoting a particular kind of jargon

talk play
  1. : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words

  2. : to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds)

  3. : to use speech : speak

  1. : the act or an instance of talking : speech

  2. : a way of speaking : language

  3. : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage

forked play
  1. : resembling a fork especially in having one end divided into two or more branches or points

  2. : shaped like a fork or having a forked part

tongue play
  1. : a fleshy movable muscular process of the floor of the mouths of most vertebrates that bears sensory end organs and small glands and functions especially in taking and swallowing food and in humans as a speech organ

  2. : a part of various invertebrate animals that is analogous to the tongue

  3. : the flesh of a tongue (as of the ox or sheep) used as food

  1. : to articulate (notes) by tonguing

  2. : to touch or lick with or as if with the tongue

  3. : to cut a tongue on


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