[duhb-uh l-tuhngd]


deceitful; hypocritical.

Origin of double-tongued

1350–1400; Middle English dowble tungid


[duhb-uh l-tuhng]

verb (used without object), dou·ble-tongued, dou·ble-tongu·ing. 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for double-tongued

Historical Examples of double-tongued

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for double-tongued



deceitful or hypocritical in speech


verb -tongues, -tonguing or -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 tongueCompare single-tongue, triple-tongue
Derived Formsdouble tonguing, noun
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