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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
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mealy-mouthed

[ˈmiːlɪˌmaʊðd] adjevasivo/a
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For those of us sensitive to the shifts of the English language, such mealy-mouthedness touches us deeply.
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