Definition of Mealy-mouthed

1. Adjective. Hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy. "A mealymouthed politician"

Exact synonyms: Mealymouthed
Similar to: Indirect



Definition of Mealy-mouthed

1. Adjective. prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mealy-mouthed

mealing
mealless
mealman
mealmen
meals
meals on wheels
mealtide
mealtides
mealtime
mealtimes
mealworm
mealworm beetle
mealworm beetles
mealworms
mealy
mealy-mouthed (current term)
mealy bug
mealy sage
mealybug
mealybugs
mealymouthed
mean
mean(a)
mean-spirited
mean annual increment
mean arterial pressure
mean business
mean calorie
mean corpuscular haemoglobin
mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration

Literary usage of Mealy-mouthed

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"She was a fool to be mealy-mouthed where nature speaks so plain. Sir K. L'Estrange. Angry men hotly In earnest are not usually mealy- mouthed. ..."

2. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, George Walter Prothero, John Gibson Lockhart, John Murray, Whitwell Elwin, John Taylor Coleridge, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, William Macpherson, William Smith (1847)
"But now, metaphor for metaphor, why is not mealy-mouthed as good as honey-mouthed?—and indeed Mr. Talbot himself, in his frequent fashion of having two ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1913)
"... he's one o' the mealy- mouthed sort I do 'low, and he looks for others to be mealy-mouthed too. I'll make no promises, Mary, but I'm willin' to meet him ..."

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