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[duhb-uh l-tuhngd] /ˈdʌb əlˈtʌŋd/
deceitful; hypocritical.
Origin of double-tongued
1350-1400; Middle English dowble tungid


[duhb-uh l-tuhng] /ˈdʌb əlˌtʌŋ/
verb (used without object), double-tongued, double-tonguing. Music.
to interrupt the wind flow by moving the tongue as if pronouncing t and k alternately, especially in playing rapid passages or staccato notes on a brass instrument.
Compare triple-tongue. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for double-tongued
Historical Examples
  • This double-tongued talker is not unfrequently met with in public meetings.


    John Bate
  • Margaret said she thought she was weeping because they were so double-tongued with her.

  • Who art thou, false, double-tongued betrayer, That wouldst frighten and perplex me?

  • Silly credulity may take this as a proof how much evil a double-tongued man may often contrive.

  • It was a contest in which Leicester revelled—simplicity and single-mindedness against the multifarious and double-tongued.

    A Ladder of Swords Gilbert Parker
  • Curse the whisperer and double-tongued: for he hath destroyed many that were at peace.

  • It would not be difficult to go on with instances illustrative of these double-tongued exercises.


    John Bate
  • Sirach says, “Curse the whisperer and the double-tongued, for such have destroyed many that were at peace” (28:13).

  • But the double-tongued man, who blesses God and curses men, what does he receive?

    The Expositor's Bible: Alfred Plummer
  • Its double-tongued fastener was twisted far awry, as if it had been wrenched away by violence.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
British Dictionary definitions for double-tongued


deceitful or hypocritical in speech


verb -tongues, -tonguing, -tongued
(music) to play (fast staccato passages) on a wind instrument by rapid obstruction and uncovering of the air passage through the lips with the tongue Compare single-tongue, triple-tongue
Derived Forms
double tonguing, noun
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