Definition of mealy-mouthed in English:


(also mealymouthed)


  • Afraid to speak frankly or straightforwardly.

    ‘mealy-mouthed excuses’
    • ‘After a succession of mealy-mouthed CBI presidents, content to simmer on the back burner, Sir John, a former Jaguar boss, has roared his desire for the heat of battle.’
    • ‘Instead, he has produced a mealy-mouthed, begrudging and long overdue response to the commitments made under the Good Friday Agreement.’
    • ‘Was this, as the Standard was to allege, merely mealy-mouthed hypocrisy, a strategy to protect their immediate interests while searching elsewhere for more legitimate supplies of cocoa?’
    • ‘Sadly, the record is nothing more than a mealy-mouthed rumination on Madonna's own superstardom.’
    • ‘At the same time there is a reaction to the mealy-mouthed media laziness that culturally equates ‘urban’ and ‘black’.’
    • ‘Rebecca is supposed to have her faults, such as being weak and mealy-mouthed.’
    • ‘You're a bit mealy-mouthed and quiet to be a ‘juvenile delinquent’.’
    • ‘How about his mealy-mouthed grandson, who seems like he is swallowing his words in asthmatic whelps?’
    • ‘And, not to be too mealy-mouthed, it was not fun to use.’
    • ‘Yet, despite this, they've managed to broaden the nervous-tic angst-rock of their previous band into something more readily adaptable without reducing it to mealy-mouthed pop regurge.’
    • ‘Although he is not generally mealy-mouthed about such things, Trollope deliberately, it seems, casts a pall of racial and national ambiguity around Melmotte.’
    • ‘Support for women's reproductive rights is often carefully qualified or mealy-mouthed, if it is expressed at all.’
    • ‘I'm sick of all the mealy-mouthed mutts who want something for nothing.’
    • ‘Also, the mealy-mouthed reference to taxi deregulation is unworthy of the document.’
    self-righteous, holier-than-thou, churchy, pious, pietistic, moralizing, unctuous, smug, superior, priggish, mealy-mouthed, hypocritical, insincere, for form's sake, to keep up appearances
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