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mealy-mouthed

or meal·y·mouthed

[ mee-lee-moutht, -mouthd ]
/ ˈmi liˌmaʊθt, -ˌmaʊðd /
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adjective

avoiding the use of direct and plain language, as from timidity, excessive delicacy, or hypocrisy; inclined to mince words; insincere, devious, or compromising: Our local government is filled with mealy-mouthed politicians and self-serving bureaucrats.

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Origin of mealy-mouthed

First recorded in 1565–75; mealy + mouthed

OTHER WORDS FROM mealy-mouthed

meal·y-mouth·ed·ly [mee-lee-mou-thid-lee, -thid-, -moutht-, -mouthd-], /ˈmi liˌmaʊ θɪd li, -ðɪd-, -ˌmaʊθt-, -ˌmaʊðd-/, adverbmeal·y-mouth·ed·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mealy-mouthed

mealy-mouthed

adjective

hesitant or afraid to speak plainly; not outspoken

Derived forms of mealy-mouthed

mealy-mouthedness, noun

Word Origin for mealy-mouthed

C16: from mealy (in the sense: soft, soft-spoken)
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