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gingerly

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adjective gin·ger·ly \ˈjin-jər-lē\

Definition of gingerly

  1. :  very cautious or careful

gin·ger·li·ness noun
gingerly adverb


Examples of gingerly

  1. <gave the cork on the bottle of champagne a gingerly twist>



Origin of gingerly

perhaps from 1ginger


First Known Use: 1604


GINGERLY Defined for Kids

gingerly

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adverb gin·ger·ly \ˈjin-jər-lē\

Definition of gingerly

  1. :  very carefully <The robbers gingerly lifted the covers and peeked out … — Robert McCloskey, Homer Price>





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