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 ?
Laurie screwed up his face and obeyed with a gingerly peck at each little cheek that produced another laugh, and made the babies squeal.
The conductor took his nickel gingerly, with the tips of his fingers, and then left him with the platform to himself.
The senator despairingly steps out, picking gingerly for some firm foothold; down goes one foot an immeasurable depth,--he tries to pull it up, loses his balance, and tumbles over into the mud, and is fished out, in a very despairing condition, by Cudjoe.
He was edging his way gingerly around the corner of a precipice where the upper edge of a sharp declivity of ice-glazed snow joined it.
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.
Tod gingerly mounted a chair by the head of the bedstead.
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.
I stepped over him gingerly and pushed on up the hill.
Very softly I gathered it up, and making one end fast to the bronze ring in the prow I stepped gingerly into the boat beside me.
The king took it very gingerly, and laid it down at his feet.
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.
The big fellow, who was known among his mates as Black Michael, tried his leg gingerly, and, finding that it bore his weight, turned to Clayton with a word of gruff thanks.