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ME'ALY-MOUTHED, a. Literally,having a soft mouth; hence,unwilling to tell the truth in plain language; inclined to speak of any thing in softer terms than the truth will warrant.
Mealy-mouthed Meal"y-mouthed`, a. Using soft words; plausible; affectedly or timidly delicate of speech; unwilling to tell the truth in plain language. ``Mealy-mouthed philanthropies.'' --Tennyson. She was a fool to be mealy-mouthed where nature speaks so plain. --L'Estrange. -- Meal"y-mouth`ness, n.
If you say that someone is being mealy-mouthed, you are critical of them for being unwilling to speak in a simple or open way because they want to avoid talking directly about something unpleasant. He repeated that he did not intend to be mealy-mouthed with the country's leaders. ADJ [disapproval]
Over-modest or backward in speech.
ambiguous, artful, circumlocutory, deceitful, equivocal, equivocating, euphemistic, hesitant, hypocritical, indirect, mincing, oily, periphrastic, reluctant, reticent, roundabout, slick, unctuous, vague