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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Definitions for gingerly

  1. with great care or caution; warily.
  2. cautious, careful, or wary.

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Citations for gingerly
So Ian gingerly set foot to the floor, dressed and began his work as a war correspondent. Evelyn Waugh, Unconditional Surrender, 1961
In the morning, her face wrinkled as a crone’s and tear-stained, she opened the door, sniffed at me as if I were disagreeable garbage, and stepped gingerly around my cold, ashen, and yellowing feet. Alice Walker, By the Light of My Father’s Smile, 1998
Origin of gingerly
Gingerly came to English in the early 1500s and perhaps stems from the Middle French gensor, genzor meaning "delicate, pretty."