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gingerly

[jin-jer-lee]
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adverb
  1. with great care or caution; warily.
adjective
  1. cautious, careful, or wary.

Origin of gingerly

1510–20; ginger-, perhaps < Middle French gensor, genzor delicate, pretty, positive use of comparative of gent gentle; see -ly
Related formsgin·ger·li·ness, noun

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1. cautiously, carefully, prudently.
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gingerly

adverb
  1. in a cautious, reluctant, or timid manner
adjective
  1. cautious, reluctant, or timid
Derived Formsgingerliness, noun

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from Old French gensor dainty, from gent of noble birth; see gentle
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Word Origin and History for gingerly

adv.

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.

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