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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
1510-1520
Gingerly came to English in the early 1500s and perhaps stems from the Middle French gensor, genzor meaning "delicate, pretty."