not willing to state the facts in simple, direct words; euphemistic and insincere
Unwilling to state facts or opinions simply and directly.
Origin of mealy-mouthedAkin to the German expression Mehl im Maule behalten, to be indirect in speech (literally, to have meal in the mouth).
- Alternative form of mealy-mouthed.
(comparative more mealy-mouthed, superlative most mealy-mouthed)
- prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright
Possibly from German Mehl im Maule behalten via Martin Luther