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From tongue +‎ -ly.


tonguely (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to the tongue; lingual.
    • 2003, Elizabeth George, I, Richard:
      A tonguely examination of her dental work.
    • 2005, Nicole Bracker, Stefan Herbrechter, Metaphors of economy
      Our palatal journey, our physical introduction, our tonguely tour of her body in all its divisibility, takes us to her complete sundering: []
  2. Pertaining to or relating to languages; lingual; linguistic.
    • 1847, George Rex Graham, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Jacobs Peterson, Graham's American monthly magazine of literature, art, and fashion
      Women are proverbial for tonguely gifts, and orators do not require very great depth.
    • 2011, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Rachel Willson-Broyles, Montecore: The Silence of the Tiger
      [] was and is excellent, just like his French and Spanish. "Few men share this man's tonguely talent for languages!"


tonguely (not comparable)

  1. (rare, nonstandard) With or in terms of the tongue; lingually.
    • 2006, Sky Gilbert, Perfectly abnormal: seven gay plays:
      How can such a head not tempt him tonguely? And so he tastes it; [...]
    • 2011, Eddie Horton, Just Compass:
      “Yeah, not bad mate”, as my rested pen raises brows that in turn tonguely prime lips for conversing.