- with great care or caution; warily.
- cautious, careful, or wary.
Origin of gingerly
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Examples from the Web for gingerly
I gingerly walked down the center staircase and out into what was a chilly, sunny October morning.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Gingerly, about 30 couples lay down and squatted on mats and rugs for the mass face-sit.Britain’s Record-Breaking Face-Sitting Porn Protest
December 12, 2014
The political and cultural climate was shifting, but gingerly.How Robin Williams’ Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars
August 13, 2014
He gingerly lifted it up from its defensive position outside the army barracks and placed it in my hand.Creating Consequences for South Sudan’s Political Elite
July 9, 2014
A curvy woman, dressed entirely in black, gingerly ambles down the stairs, nearly tripping over the bottom step.‘My Granny The Escort’: Meet 85-Year-Old Sheila Vogel-Coupe, Britain’s Oldest Prostitute
June 3, 2014
Tobe set down the pitcher as gingerly as if it had been a soap-bubble.Southern Lights and Shadows
Jed gingerly shook the extended hand and fled, his face scarlet.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Medicine," the sergeant said, handing it gingerly to Stern.Martians Never Die
He stepped, when they alighted from the lift, as gingerly as though he trod on tacks.
Gingerly he picked it up, with a wild hope that it would be all right.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
- in a cautious, reluctant, or timid manner
- cautious, reluctant, or timid
Word Origin and History for gingerly
1510s, "elegantly, daintily," perhaps from Old French gensor, comp. of gent "dainty, delicate," from Latin gentius "(well)-born" (see gentle). Meaning "extremely cautiously" is from c.1600.