gingerly

[jin-jer-lee]
adverb
1.
with great care or caution; warily.
adjective
2.
cautious, careful, or wary.

Origin:
1510–20; ginger-, perhaps < Middle French gensor, genzor delicate, pretty, positive use of comparative of gent gentle; see -ly

gingerliness, noun


1. cautiously, carefully, prudently.
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gingerly (ˈdʒɪndʒəlɪ)
 
adv
1.  in a cautious, reluctant, or timid manner
 
adj
2.  cautious, reluctant, or timid
 
[C16: perhaps from Old French gensor dainty, from gent of noble birth; see gentle]
 
'gingerliness
 
n

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gingerly
1519, "elegantly, daintily," perhaps from O.Fr. gensor, comp. of gent "dainty, delicate," from L. gentius "(well)-born." Meaning "extremely cautiously" is from 1607.
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Example sentences
Each leg is gingerly held in its jaws and nibbled to clean the leg as it is
  carefully pulled through the chelicerae.
So I gingerly reached in and pulled it out.
Footsteps crunch frozen tundra, and dancing shoes step gingerly over
  ice-covered rivulets.
He was helped to his feet and walked gingerly off on his own power.
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