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Meaning of MEALY-MOUTHED

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy; "a mealymouthed politician"
 

MEALY-MOUTHED is a 13 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: indirect, mealymouthed
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Meal"y-mouthed`\, a.
Using soft words; plausible; affectedly or timidly delicate
of speech; unwilling to tell the truth in plain language.
``Mealy-mouthed philanthropies.'' --Tennyson.

      She was a fool to be mealy-mouthed where nature speaks
      so plain.                                --L'Estrange.
-- {Meal"y-mouth`ness}, n.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: ambiguous, artful, circumlocutory, deceitful, equivocal, equivocating, euphemistic, hesitant, hypocritical, indirect, mincing, oily, periphrastic, reluctant, reticent, roundabout, slick, unctuous, vague
 

 

 

 

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