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adjective, cork·i·er, cork·i·est.
  1. of the nature of cork; corklike.
  2. Also corked. (of wine, brandy, etc.) spoiled, especially by a tainted cork.
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Origin of corky

First recorded in 1595–1605; cork + -y1
Related formscork·i·ness, noun
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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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