mealy·​mouthed ˈmē-lē-ˌmau̇t͟hd How to pronounce mealymouthed (audio)
: not plain and straightforward : devious
a mealymouthed politician

Examples of mealymouthed in a Sentence

a mealymouthed compliment from a jealous competitor
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Word History

First Known Use

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 4 Dec. 2023.

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mealy·​mouthed ˌmē-lē-ˈmau̇t͟hd How to pronounce mealymouthed (audio)
: not plain and sincere in speech
a mealymouthed speaker
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