WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
meal•y-mouthed or  meal•y•mouthed /ˈmiliˌmaʊðd, -ˌmaʊθt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. avoiding plain, simple, or honest language:mealy-mouthed politicians.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
meal•y-mouthed  (mēlē moutht′, -mouᵺd′),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. avoiding the use of direct and plain language, as from timidity, excessive delicacy, or hypocrisy; inclined to mince words;
    insincere, devious, or compromising.
Also,  mealy•mouthed′.  meal•y-mouth•ed•ly  (mēlē mou′thid lē, -ᵺid-, -moutht′-, -mouᵺd′-),USA pronunciation adv.  mealy-mouthed•ness, n. 
  • 1565–75


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

mealy-mouthed adj
  1. hesitant or afraid to speak plainly; not outspoken
Etymology: 16th Century: from mealy (in the sense: soft, soft-spoken)



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