mealy-mouthed


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meal·y-mouthed

(mē′lē-mouthd′, -moutht′)
adj.
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).]
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mealy-mouthed

adj
hesitant or afraid to speak plainly; not outspoken
[C16: from mealy (in the sense: soft, soft-spoken)]
ˌmealy-ˈmouthedness n
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meal′y-mouthed`

or meal′y•mouthed`,



adj.
avoiding the use of plain or honest language; deceitful.
[1565–75]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mealy-mouthed - hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisymealy-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"
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mealy-mouthed

adjective hesitant, afraid, doubtful, indirect, mincing, reticent, prim, equivocal, euphemistic, overdelicate He did not intend to be mealy-mouthed with the country's leaders.
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Translations

mealy-mouthed

[ˈmiːlɪˈmaʊðd] ADJmodoso, evasivo
let us not be mealy-mouthed about ithablemos claro sobre esto
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mealy-mouthed

adjunaufrichtig; politicianschönfärberisch; let’s not be mealy-mouthed about itwir wollen doch mal nicht so um den heißen Brei herumreden
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

mealy-mouthed

[ˈmiːlɪˌmaʊðd] adjevasivo/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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The fact that low-taxed, low-priced cigarette brands continue to flood the market proves that the government's mealy-mouthed pronouncements about protecting the people's health is just a lot of hogwash.
Presumably their more accurately named successors will proudly claim that they are Investors in Bits of People - that is, organs whipped out of the Welsh population at large before they're even properly aware of what some mealy-mouthed Cardiff Bay spin-artists had got in store for them!
For a man of 77, Whelan managed to get his foot in his mouth remarkably quickly when asked to justify Mackay's appointment - spilling slurs, stereotypes and mealy-mouthed excuses like football's Richard Littlejohn.
With rebellion crackling on the terraces and a very underwhelming Fans Forum last week, Newcastle need their actions to speak louder than their mealy-mouthed words and that means one thing: Ashley needs to get his chequebook out and illustrate that he recognises the need for improvement.