mealy-mouthed(redirected from mealy-mouthedness)
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Unwilling to state facts or opinions simply and directly.
[Akin to the German expression Mehl im Maule behalten, to be indirect in speech (literally, to have meal in the mouth).]
hesitant or afraid to speak plainly; not outspoken
[C16: from mealy (in the sense: soft, soft-spoken)]
avoiding the use of plain or honest language; deceitful.
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|Adj.||1.||mealy-mouthed - hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy; "a mealymouthed politician"|
indirect - extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow"