have forked tongue

forked

[fawrkt, fawr-kid]
adjective
1.
having a fork or fork-like branches.
2.
zigzag, as lightning.
Idioms
3.
to speak with/havea forked tongue, to speak deceitfully; attempt to deceive.
Also, forky.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English; see fork, -ed3

forkedly [fawr-kid-lee] , adverb
forkedness, noun
unforked, adjective
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forked (fɔːkt, ˈfɔːkɪd)
 
adj
1.  a.  having a fork or forklike parts
 b.  (in combination): two-forked
2.  having sharp angles; zigzag
3.  insincere or equivocal (esp in the phrase forked tongue)
 
forkedly
 
adv
 
'forkedness
 
n

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fork
O.E. forca "forked instrument used by torturers," from L. furca "pitchfork," of uncertain origin. Table forks were not generally used in England until 15c. The word is first attested in this sense in English in a will of 1463, probably from O.N.Fr. forque, from the L. word. The verb "to divide in branches"
is from the noun. Related: Forked; forking. The slang verb phrase fork up (or out) "give over" is from 1831.
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forked

adj. [Unix; prob. influenced by a mainstream expletive] Terminally slow, or dead. Originated when one system was slowed to a snail's pace by an inadvertent fork bomb.
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