mealy·​mouthed | \ ˈmē-lē-ˌmau̇t͟hd How to pronounce mealymouthed (audio) , -ˌmau̇tht \

Definition of mealymouthed

: not plain and straightforward : devious a mealymouthed politician

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a mealymouthed compliment from a jealous competitor
Recent Examples on the Web But Roman, so often indecisive and mealymouthed, calmly insists that there’s no need to worry about those things. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Succession Kids Finally Master the Art of BS," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mealymouthed

1577, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mealymouthed was in 1577

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“Mealymouthed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mealymouthed

informal : not willing to tell the truth in clear and simple language

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