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Corky \Cork"y\ (-[y^]), a.

  1. Consisting of, or like, cork; dry shriveled up.

    Bind fast hiss corky arms.

  2. Tasting of cork.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


a. 1 Of wine, contaminated by a faulty or tainted cork. 2 Consisting of, or like, cork; dry; shrivelled. n. (context AU slang English) An injury caused by a blow ("corking").


adj. (of wine) tainted in flavor by a cork containing excess tannin; "a corked port" [syn: corked]

Corky (killer whale)

Corky (II) is a female captive orca (or killer whale) from the A5 Pod in British Columbia, Canada. She currently lives at SeaWorld San Diego in California. Corky (II) received her name after the park's original Corky died in December 1970. She has been in captivity longer than any other killer whale.


Corky means cork-like. It may also refer to:

Corky (film)

Corky is a 1972 film drama starring Robert Blake and directed by Leonard Horn.

Usage examples of "corky".

Corky, she gazed down at the astrophysicist, battered from his ordeal on the ice.

         That was the extent of Corky Gonzales' involvement in the Salazar incident, and at a glance it seems hardly worth mentioning -- except for a rumor on the Los Angeles lawyers' grapevine that the robbery charge was only a ruse, a necessary holding action, to set Gonzales up for a "Chicano Seven" conspiracy bust -- charging that he came from Denver to Los Angeles with the intention of causing a riot.

Two hours remained until Rachel Sexton, Michael Tolland, and Corky Marlinson were scheduled to arrive at the nearby Bollings Air Force Base.

In all his glistening yellowness, Corky Laputa moved among the onlookers, like a buzzless bumblebee patiently gathering a morsel of nectar here, a morsel there.

Corky said, heaving a sigh, "if the fusion crust and chondrules don't convince you, we astronomers have a foolproof method to confirm meteoric origin.

Tolland and Corky had been discussing these metallic chondrules for some time now, talking in scientific terms well over Rachel's head—equilibrated olivine levels, metastable glass matrices, and metamorphic rehomogenation.

Nonetheless, the upshot was clear: Corky and Tolland were in agreement that the chondrules were decidedly meteoric.

It was highly unusual for Corcoran to permit one of his operatives to meet with another: this was a violation of his vaunted principle of compart mentation "In this case, I have no choice," Corky had said to Metcalfe in Paris.

Through the Internet, Corky had accessed not only maps and city-planning charts but also a trove of aerial photography produced by the state of California, offering a bird’.

The corky layer of the bark can be gently beaten off, and the inner bark is dried, and exported chiefly from the Bahamas.

Weisbeck, Wayne Butt, Bruce Burnham, Ogren, Gail Gleasner, Alice Goff, Nancy Catena, Patti Ann Rathke, ' f Dickke, Hilde Faxlanger, Faith Ryan, Sandy Bangs, Bette Pancoe, Kevin Koehler, Marvin McClenathan, Dottie Palmer, Chris Carr, Slosson, Deanna Diebold, Molly Eimer, Ray Kaiser, Rick Ludlow, Corky Castle, Charley Chriswell, Marian Mattiuzzio, Dino Calvo, Johnny Olinger, Reddy Heart--we miss you, we're thinking of you, we want to see you again, we love you.

Corky asked, indicating three discarded cylinders of compressed gas, each the size of a hospital oxygen tank.

Certainly Corky, who was far from plain and had never needed to chase anyone, had cut a wide swath during those trying years.

Corky introduced the hypodermic needle into the drug port on the IV drip line.

This would prevent the electric starter from striking a spark in the natural-gas furnace and possibly triggering an explosion of accumulated gasoline fumes before Corky had left the house.