AskDefine | Define mealymouthed

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mealy-mouthed adj : hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy; "a mealymouthed politician" [syn: mealymouthed]mealymouthed adj : hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy; "a mealymouthed politician" [syn: mealy-mouthed]

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Possibly from German via Martin Luther

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Adjective

  1. prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright
    • The surliness with which the woodchopper speaks of his woods, handling them as indifferently as his axe, is better than the mealy-mouthed enthusiasm of the lover of nature. -- Thoreau

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