gingerly


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gin·ger·ly

 (jĭn′jər-lē)
adv.
With great care or delicacy; cautiously.
adj.
Cautious; careful: with a gingerly step.

[Possibly alteration of obsolete French gensor, delicate, from Old French, comparative of gent, gentle; see gent1.]

gin′ger·li·ness n.

gingerly

(ˈdʒɪndʒəlɪ)
adv
in a cautious, reluctant, or timid manner
adj
cautious, reluctant, or timid
[C16: perhaps from Old French gensor dainty, from gent of noble birth; see gentle]
ˈgingerliness n

gin•ger•ly

(ˈdʒɪn dʒər li)

adv.
1. with great care or caution; warily.
adj.
2. cautious, careful, or wary.
[1510–20; ginger-, perhaps < Middle French gensor, genzor delicate, pretty, positive use of compar. of gent gentle; see -ly]
gin′ger•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.gingerly - with extreme care or delicacy; "they proceeded with gingerly footwork over the jagged stones"; "the issue was handled only in a gingerly way"- W.S.White
cautious - showing careful forethought; "reserved and cautious; never making swift decisions"; "a cautious driver"
Adv.1.gingerly - in a gingerly manner; "gingerly I raised the edge of the blanket"

gingerly

adverb
1. cautiously, carefully, reluctantly, suspiciously, tentatively, warily, hesitantly, timidly, circumspectly, cagily (informal), charily I drove gingerly past the security check points.
cautiously boldly, rashly, confidently, carelessly

gingerly

adjective
Trying attentively to avoid danger, risk, or error:
Translations
بِحَيْطَه وَحَذَر
внимателенпредпазлив
opatrně
forsigtigt
varovasti
varlega
piesardzīgiuzmanīgi
çekine çekine

gingerly

[ˈdʒɪndʒəlɪ]
A. ADJcauteloso
B. ADVcon cautela

gingerly

[ˈdʒɪndʒərli] advavec précautionginger nut ginger snap ngâteau m sec au gingembre

gingerly

adv (= carefully) step, walk, touchvorsichtig, behutsam; pick up, handle (sth dirty) → mit spitzen Fingern; (sth cold or hot) → zaghaft

gingerly

[ˈdʒɪndʒəlɪ] advcon circospezione, cautamente

gingerly

(ˈdʒindʒəli) adverb
very gently and carefully. He gingerly moved his injured foot.
References in classic literature ?
Taking a deep breath he placed one foot between the sprawled legs of the beast and gingerly raised the other to plant it upon the opposite side of the tawny body.
They came forward, evidently still afraid of Montgomery, but still more afraid of my cracking red whip-lash; and after some fumbling and hesitation, some whip-cracking and shouting, they lifted him gingerly, carried him down to the beach, and went splashing into the dazzling welter of the sea.
And when we steamed slowly out of the lagoon, making our way gingerly through the opening in the reef, and then steered for the open sea, a certain melancholy fell upon me.
Her hand went out gingerly, and the growl rose in volume and key till it culminated in a snap.
He surveyed the prize; walked around it; smelt at it from a safe distance; walked around it again; grew bolder, and took a closer smell; then lifted his lip and made a gingerly snatch at it, just missing it; made another, and another; began to enjoy the diversion; subsided to his stomach with the beetle between his paws, and continued his experiments; grew weary at last, and then indifferent and absent-minded.
I stepped over him gingerly and pushed on up the hill.
Presently from a great distance and faintly there came an answering scream, and a half-hour later the lithe form of Sheeta bounded into view where the others of the pack were clambering gingerly into the canoe.
Monty - no one at Buckomari had ever known of any other name for him - stretched out a long hand, with delicate tapering fingers, and let it rest for a moment gingerly in the thick, brown palm of his companion.
And right gingerly he crept out or his cave and descended to the ground.
A lane opening in the swirl of the current, it was a matter of seconds to drive the canoe to the spot, reach to the shoulder in the water, and draw the woman gingerly to the canoe's side.
And the Annos descended on Nalasu's clearing, a dozen of them, armed with Sniders, horse pistols, tomahawks and war clubs, walking gingerly, despite their thick sandals, because of fear of the thorns which Nalasu no longer planted.
Kwaque gingerly obeyed, but scarcely had his foot moved an inch when Michael's was upon him.