Main meanings of mealy-mouth in English

: mealy-mouth1mealy-mouth2

mealy-mouth1

Pronunciation /ˈmiːlɪmaʊθ/

noun

  • 1The mouth, voice, or manner of speaking of a mealy-mouthed person.

  • 2A mealy-mouthed person.

  • 3British dialect Any of several birds, as the willow warbler, Phylloscopus trochilus, or the whitethroat, Sylvia communis.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Dekker (c1572–1632), playwright and pamphleteer. From mealy + mouth.

Main meanings of mealy-mouth in English

: mealy-mouth1mealy-mouth2

mealy-mouth2

Pronunciation /ˈmiːlɪmaʊθ/

verb

black english US
  • To speak indecisively (about); to equivocate, especially due to timidity or fear.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Zora Neale Hurston (1891–1960), writer and anthropologist. From mealy-mouth.