Alternative form of mealy-mouthed.
Prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright.
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
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