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This page has 3 definitions of tonguely in English. Tonguely is an adjective and adverb. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .



Something can be called “tonguely” when it pertains to the tongue (adjective sense 1).

Etymology 1

From tongue +‎ -ly (suffix forming adjectives from nouns, with the sense “appearing like or resembling [what is denoted by the noun]”).


tonguely (not comparable) (informal, rare)

  1. Of or pertaining to the tongue; lingual.
    • 1973, The Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, volume XV, Pittsburgh, Kan.: Kansas State College of Pittsburg, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 374:
      [A] meadow / in his own right, all inwardly afire, ten / thousand tonguely shadings painting him / angelic warden of the face of earth.
    • 1998, H. Lloyd Goodall, Food Talk: A Man’s Guide to Cooking and Conversation with Women, Greensboro, N.C.: Snowgoose Cove Pub., →ISBN, page 91:
      However simple this basic recipe for tonguely delight seems, many men mess it up in gender-specific ways.
    • 2003, Elizabeth George, “I, Richard”, in I, Richard, New York, N.Y.: Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 196:
      A quick dash back to the bed. A tonguely examination of her dental work. A frantic clutching between her legs.
    • 2005, Matthew Pateman, “Lolita—A Region in Flames”, in Nicole Bracker, Stefan Herbrechter, editors, Metaphors of Economy (Critical Studies; 25), Amsterdam, New York, N.Y.: Editions Rodopi, →ISBN, page 119:
      "Lo-lee-ta." Our palatal journey, our physical introduction, our tonguely tour of her body in all its divisibility, takes us to her complete sundering: the phonemes have become, as indeed they ought to be as the true bearers of signification, whole in themselves.
    • 2016, Esther Leslie, “Meltwater”, in Liquid Crystals: The Science and Art of a Fluid Form, London: Reaktion Books, →ISBN, page 189:
      Language must be further defined through language, more tonguely flexing, more mobilized spittle, more swirls of ink.
  2. Pertaining or relating to languages; lingual, linguistic.
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Etymology 2

From tongue +‎ -ly (suffix forming adverbs from adjectives and nouns).


tonguely (not comparable)

  1. (nonstandard, rare) In terms of or with the tongue; lingually.
    • 2006, Shawn Postoff, “Sir Richard Wadd, Pornographer”, in Sky Gilbert, editor, Perfectly Abnormal: Seven Gay Plays, Toronto, Ont.: Playwrights Canada Press, →ISBN, page 132:
      How can such a head not tempt him tonguely? And so he tastes it; []
    • 2011, Eddie Horton, Just Compass, Bloomington, Ind.: Balboa Press, Hay House, →ISBN, page 173:
      "How's it going Harold?", gravelled masculinely from a few tables away. "Yeah, not bad mate", as my rested pen raises brows that in turn tonguely prime lips for conversing.

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