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Honey-tongued

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Honey-tongued Sweet speaking; persuasive; seductive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • honey-tongued Speaking sweetly, softly, or winningly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Honey-tongued having a honeyed tongue or speech: soft or pleasing in speech
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hunig; Ger. honig, Ice. hunang.

Usage

In literature:

They melt in the mouth like wine, Just a click of the tongue, and they burst to honey.
"Men, Women and Ghosts" by Amy Lowell
A honeyed tongue compensated for these disadvantages, and he gained his ends by talk.
"A Distinguished Provincial at Paris" by Honore de Balzac
It is then as thou didst trow, cousin, the foolish lad hath been tampered with by the honeyed tongue.
"Unknown to History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Dove-eyed, honey-tongued, and very much your lordship's servant, I do assure you.
"Little Novels of Italy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Let thy tongue flatter, while thy mind harm works; Under sweet honey deadly poison lurks.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Over all was the glare of arclights, and the flutter of honeyed tongues.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
His subtle tongue, like dropping honey, melts into the heart, and ere one be aware, his power is gone and weakness doth remain.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
At other times Sir William dipped his tongue in honey, and used the sweetest language imaginable.
"It Might Have Been" by Emily Sarah Holt
There was a gallant old Frenchman, a honey-tongued Italian, a pervasive air of complimentary congratulation.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
But, mind your tongue, honey.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He only pumps their honey, and for this alone his tongue seems designed.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography, Vol. II, No 3, September 1897" by Various
Words came from his tongue sweeter than honey.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
Like honey on the tongue!
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
You keep your tongue still in yer head, honey.
"The Graysons" by Edward Eggleston
These birds are provided with a brush tongue, which is used in brushing up honey from the flowers.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Velvet soft, iron hard; dove merciful, tiger cruel; heaven breasted, hell armed; honey lipped, gall tongued!
"A Maid of the Kentucky Hills" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Because of this new association of Nan and Bess with Grace and her brother, Linda Riggs' tongue dripped venom, not honey.
"Nan Sherwood at Lakeview Hall" by Annie Roe Carr
On her tongue dwelleth music; the sweetness of honey floweth from her lips.
"How to be Happy Though Married" by Edward John Hardy
Thy lips drop as the honeycomb: Honey and milk are under thy tongue.
"Ancient Manners" by Pierre Louys
She flew first to the garden and sucked honey with her short tongue from any flowers that were not too deep.
"The Sun's Babies" by Edith Howes
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In poetry:

The lawless herd, with fury blind,
Have done him cruel wrong;
The flowers are gone, — but still we find
The honey on his tongue.
"On the Same - (On the Burning of Lord Mansfield's Library)" by William Cowper
Be as thou art for ever young,
Still on thy cheek the vernal bloom,
The honey's essence on thy tongue,
And on thy lips the rose perfume.
"Love's Benediction" by William Crafts
An Apple caused man’s fall, as some believe;
But that old Snake, malevolently wise,
A deadlier snare set when he left to Eve
His tongue of honey and mesmeric eyes.
"The Serpent's Legacy" by Victor James Daley
The moonlight of forgotten seas
Dwells in your eyes, and on your tongue
The honey of a million bees,
And all the sorrows of all song:
You are the ending of all these,
The world grew old to make you young.
"Flos Aevorum" by Richard Le Gallienne
And are you glad as I am glad that we have died so young,
Before the May dew off my feet, the honey off your tongue
Had died and dried? And are you glad there is no period set
To this, our loving after death, Margaret?
"The Dead Lovers" by Nora Jane Hopper Chesson
To the priests, to the eager Italians, thus fearless less he poured
his free speech;
"O my honey-tongued fathers, I turn not away from the faith that ye
teach!
Not the less hath a man many moods, and may ask a religion for each.
"King Raedwald" by Helen Gray Cone

In news:

For kumquats, honey is my sweetener of choice because the floral notes in the kumquats and honey dance around in harmony on your tongue.
Lamb's tongue) is delicately sweet and mildly nutty—its aristocratic ?avor enhanced by honey and radish.
The spring holiday, which celebrates the grain harvest and the giving of the Torah to Moses, is a time when 'honey and milk are under your tongue'.
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