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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unwilling to state facts or opinions simply and directly.

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  • adj. prone to speaking evasively, indirectly, or duplicitously; not forthright

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Using soft words; not straightforward; plausible; affectedly or timidly delicate of speech; speaking deviously; unwilling to tell the truth in plain language. Opposite of frank or blunt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Speaking cautiously or warily; not saying plainly what is meant; using too much caution or reserve in speech, as from timidity or hypocrisy; hence, soft-spoken; given to the use of soft or honeyed words; hypocritical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy
  • adj. hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy

Etymologies

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Possibly from German Mehl im Maule behalten via Martin Luther

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