WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
meal•y-mouthed or meal•y•mouthed /ˈmiliˌmaʊðd, -ˌmaʊθt/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- avoiding plain, simple, or honest language:mealy-mouthed politicians.
(mē′lē moutht′, -mouᵺd′),USA pronunciation adj.
(mē′lē mou′thid lē, -ᵺid-, -moutht′-, -mouᵺd′-),USA pronunciation adv.
- avoiding the use of direct and plain language, as from timidity, excessive delicacy, or hypocrisy; inclined to mince words;
insincere, devious, or compromising.
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Etymology: 16th Century: from mealy (in the sense: soft, soft-spoken)
- hesitant or afraid to speak plainly; not outspoken