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(1510) Maybe from Old French gensor, comparative of gent ‎(nice, kind, pretty), from Latin gentius ‎(well-born)



gingerly ‎(comparative more gingerly, superlative most gingerly)

  1. Gently; in a delicate or cautious manner.
    He placed the glass jar gingerly on the concrete step.



gingerly ‎(comparative more gingerly, superlative most gingerly)

  1. very careful or cautious.
    • 1867, Rebecca Harding Davis, Waiting For The Verdict, chapter 19 “The Valley of the Shadow”, published 1868 in The Galaxy magazine, volume 4, page 223:
      But, ther’s somethin’ in the very look and voice of Jeems Strebling, even in his gingerly walk, that riles all the black drop in me.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, chapter 45:
      …penetrating cautiously into dark cellars, sallying forth with gingerly tread to the garden, now leaf-strewn by autumn winds…
    • 2012, David Mack, Star Trek: The Next Generation — Cold Equations Book One: Persistence of Memory, chapter 28:
      Several gingerly taps on her console fired clusters of modified probes into the maelstrom of the gas giant’s atmosphere.



  • gingerly” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).