Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Forked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. forked

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Opening into two or more parts or shoots; forked; furcated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Forked; furcate.

Etymologies

fork +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He gulped it down, then licked his snout with his tongue—his seriously weird, forky tongue.

    Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

  • Quite a contrast with Sarah Teather who justified her exploitation of bondslaves interns by admitting that even with four staff she is letting the people of Brent down and not delivering on her forky tongued election promises.

    MPs Expenses: Is Standardisation the Way Forward?

  • See, though, the sharp forks on the front, happen to be very sharp and .. uh .. forky ...

    waterdiluted Diary Entry

  • Anyway they shouldn't even be here, I didn't even think Scotland had ants until today, we have proper beasties like rats and mice and spiders and forky-tails, ants are rubbish.

    calmish Diary Entry

  • She held her breath as the snake drew near, and watched it throw up its head again as if it was smelling something nice, while its forky tongue darted out greedily.

    The Brown Fairy Book

  • At length, however, the lock gave way, and the lid flew open, when, O horror! instead of gold and jewels, she saw before her serpents with glittering eyes and forky tongues.

    The Pink Fairy Book

  • And shoots her forky tongue, and whisks her threat'ning tail.

    The Aeneid English

  • And are you safe who stand even within the reach of his forky tongue, and lay the bait for his victims, and lure them into his jaws by tasting of it yourselves?

    Select Temperance Tracts

  • The forky lightning flashed, and the deep toned thunder reverberated peal on peal, while the shrieking winds rocked the tree tops, and poured their wild melody upon the ear.

    Withered Leaves from Memory's Garland

  • A dark cloud was rising in the west, across whose gloomy front the vivid lightning bent its forky spires.

    Alonzo and Melissa The Unfeeling Father

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  • The word is used to describe the merchant's beard in The Canterbury Tales, and it also appears later in The Rape of the Lock. Unfortunately archaic.

    June 10, 2009