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English definition of “mealy-mouthed”


adjective     /ˌmiː.liˈmaʊðd/ disapproving
not brave enough to say what you mean directly and honestly : mealy-mouthed excuses a mealy-mouthed spokesperson Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much
(Definition of mealy-mouthed adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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