[ jin-jer-lee ]
/ ˈdʒɪn dʒər li /


with great care or caution; warily.


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 forms

gin·ger·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gingerly


/ (ˈdʒɪndʒəlɪ) /


in a cautious, reluctant, or timid manner


cautious, reluctant, or timid

Derived Forms

gingerliness, noun

Word Origin for gingerly

C16: perhaps from Old French gensor dainty, from gent of noble birth; see gentle
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