corky

[kawr-kee]

Origin of corky

First recorded in 1595–1605; cork + -y1
Related formscork·i·ness, noun
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Word Origin and History for corkiness

corky

adj.

early 17c., "light, buoyant" (as cork is), hence, figuratively, of persons "lively;" from cork (n.) + -y (2). Of bottled liquors or wine, "having a flavor of cork," from 1889.

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