Definition of Mealymouthed

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

Exact synonyms: Mealy-mouthed
Similar to: Indirect

Definition of Mealymouthed

1. a. Using soft words; plausible; affectedly or timidly delicate of speech; unwilling to tell the truth in plain language.

Definition of Mealymouthed

1. Adjective. (alternative form of mealy-mouthed) ¹

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Definition of Mealymouthed

1. [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mealymouthed

meals on wheels
mealworm beetle
mealworm beetles
mealy bug
mealy sage
mealymouthed (current term)
mean annual increment
mean arterial pressure
mean business
mean calorie
mean corpuscular haemoglobin
mean corpuscular haemoglobin concentration
mean corpuscular volume
mean deviation
mean deviation from the mean
mean distance
mean distance between failure

Literary usage of Mealymouthed

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1. The Annual Register edited by Edmund Burke (1889)
"... Mr. Gladstone's eyes —for he confessed that he “did not like to be mealymouthed in such a case “—was “a shameful, an inhuman, and a brutal proceeding. ..."

2. Johnson's Dictionary by Samuel Johnson, John Walker (1836)
"Mealy, mè'-Ié. a. of the taste or softness of Medallion, ше-dál'-yun. », a large medal or coin. [als meal. mealymouthed ..."

3. Sdi: A View from Europe by Robert C. Hughes (1995)
"... for instance, against Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe, calling his speech "mealymouthed, muddled in conception, negative, Luddite, ill- informed and, ..."

4. Past and Present by Thomas Carlyle (1870)
"Read in thy New Testament and elsewhere,—if, with floods of mealymouthed inanity; with miserable froth-vortices of Cant now several centuries old, ..."

5. History of the Whig Ministry of 1830, to the Passing of the Reform Bill by John Arthur Roebuck (1852)
"... is the giving people an opportunity of saying that we were very moderate and mealymouthed as long as there was a chance of the Duke of Wellington taking ..."

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