Definition of gingerly in English:

gingerly

Syllabification: gin·ger·ly
Pronunciation: /ˈjinjərlē
 
/

adverb

adjective

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  • Showing great care or caution: with strangers the preliminaries are taken at a gingerly pace

Derivatives

gingerliness

noun
More example sentences
  • After some cautious prodding I put some weight on it, checked that the muscles worked both ways and limped downstairs, exploring the outer limits of gingerliness.
  • But nonetheless you couldn't escape the general gingerliness of the show, the forced politeness of the proceedings.
  • For the past 10 years he has lived with his family in New York, and a reader senses in his rather elaborate approach a gingerliness about going back.

Origin

early 16th century (in the sense 'daintily, mincingly'): perhaps from Old French gensor 'delicate', comparative of gent 'graceful', from Latin genitus 'well-born'.

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