As for all the timid, mealy-mouthed incrementalists, Porter has only contempt for that kind of thinking.
Twenty-five years later, he wrote a mealy-mouthed not-quite apology for his rhetoric.
Never creature, but mealy-mouthed inquisitors, and shaven singing birds.
We ain't as mealy-mouthed and as p'lite and as smooth-tongued as the moderns.
I s'pose you've been pumping that mealy-mouthed landlubber of a Dolph.
The days of mealy-mouthed suavity had not yet come to the Faculty.
Lady Dunborough was not mealy-mouthed, nor one of those who mince matters.
Howsever, when theyre a settled, Ill no be mealy-mouthed wi them.
Why are we so mealy-mouthed in denouncing these golden-idol men?
What's more, there was the mealy-mouthed Marvell to reckon with.
"afraid to say what one really thinks," 1570s; first element perhaps from Old English milisc "sweet," from Proto-Germanic *meduz "honey" (see mead (n.1)), which suits the sense, but if the Old English word did not survive long enough to be the source of this, perhaps the first element is from meal (n.2) on notion of the "softness" of ground flour (cf. Middle English melishe (adj.) "friable, loose," used of soils).