Definition of mealy-mouth in US English:

mealy-mouth

noun

  • 1The mouth, voice, or manner of speaking of a mealy-mouthed person.

  • 2A mealy-mouthed person.

  • 3British regional. Any of several birds, as the willow warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus, or the whitethroat, Sylvia communis.

verb

US
black english
  • no object And with object. To speak indecisively (about); to equivocate, especially due to timidity or fear.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From mealy + mouth<br>1930s; earliest use found in Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960), writer and anthropologist. From mealy-mouth.

Pronunciation

mealy-mouth

/ˈmiːlɪmaʊθ/