gingerly


to do something carefully

TRANSLATION

gingerly = behutsam, umsichtig, vorsichtig to pick sth. up gingerly = etw. mit spitzen Fingern anfassen

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

"I suggest you handle the new Chairman very GINGERLY, he is known to have an explosive temper"

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gingerly
adverb

- If you do something gingerly, you do it in a careful manner, usually because you expect it to be dangerous, unpleasant, or painful.

Collins English Dictionary

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ORIGIN

The first recorded instance of this word was in 1594 and while the word gingerly might have come from the name of the spice (Ingwer) there's nothing concrete to support that idea.

Another theory is that it's related to an Old French word, "gensor," that meant "delicate." That's because in 16th century English an earlier sense of "gingerly" often referred to dancing or walking with dainty steps.

Not till the 17th century did gingerly change to apply to movements that were cautious in order to avoid being noisy or causing injury, and to a careful manner in handling or presenting ideas.

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SYNONYMS

cautiously, carefully, with caution, with care, circumspectly, delicately, warily, charily, guardedly, prudently, judiciously, on one's guard, on the alert, on the lookout, on the qui vive, suspiciously, attentively, heedfully, watchfully, vigilantly, observantly, alertly, cannily; hesitantly, timidly, timorously

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