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gingerly

[jin-jer-lee] /ˈdʒɪn dʒər li/
adverb
1.
with great care or caution; warily.
adjective
2.
cautious, careful, or wary.
Origin of gingerly
1510-1520
1510-20; ginger-, perhaps < Middle French gensor, genzor delicate, pretty, positive use of comparative of gent gentle; see -ly
Related forms
gingerliness, noun
Synonyms
1. cautiously, carefully, prudently.
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  • It was marvellous to see how gingerly the little beasts footed it in such places.

    Patsy S. R. Crockett
  • Jed gingerly shook the extended hand and fled, his face scarlet.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In his hand he carried an innocent looking satchel, gingerly.

    Quick Action Robert W. Chambers
  • "Medicine," the sergeant said, handing it gingerly to Stern.

    Martians Never Die Lucius Daniel
  • An offer of marriage was not the fearful and wonderful thing—to be dealt with gingerly—which it has since become.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for gingerly

gingerly

/ˈdʒɪndʒəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in a cautious, reluctant, or timid manner
adjective
2.
cautious, reluctant, or timid
Derived Forms
gingerliness, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Old French gensor dainty, from gent of noble birth; see gentle
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Word Origin and History for gingerly
adv.

1510s, "elegantly, daintily," perhaps from Old French gensor, comp. of gent "dainty, delicate," from Latin gentius "(well)-born" (see gentle). Meaning "extremely cautiously" is from c.1600.

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