Mealy-mouthed Definition

mēlē-mouthd, -moutht
adjective
Not willing to state the facts in simple, direct words; euphemistic and insincere.
Webster's New World

Alternative form of mealy-mouthed.

Wiktionary

Prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright.

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Synonyms:
mealymouthed

Origin of Mealy-mouthed

  • Akin to the German expression Mehl im Maule behalten to be indirect in speech (literally, to have meal in the mouth)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from German Mehl im Maule behalten via Martin Luther

    From Wiktionary

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