gingerly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

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.
    • 2012 June 3, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)”[1]:
      Purchasing a snowplow transforms Homer into a new man. Mr. Burns' laziest employee suddenly becomes an ambitious self-starter who buys ad time on local television at 3:17 A.M (prime viewing hours, Homer gingerly volunteers, for everyone from alcoholics to the unemployable to garden-variety angry loners) and makes a homemade commercial costarring his family.

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Adjective[edit]

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.

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References[edit]

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