gingerly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gingerly with extreme care or delicacy "they proceeded with gingerly footwork over the jagged stones","the issue was handled only in a gingerly way"- W.S.White"
    • adv gingerly in a gingerly manner "gingerly I raised the edge of the blanket"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In India, pickled ginger, minced mutton and a cottage cheese like substance are popular pizza toppings
    • adv Gingerly Cautiously; timidly; fastidiously; daintily. "What is't that you took up so gingerly ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1938, Cliquot Club ginger ale was the first soft drink to be canned
    • gingerly Softly; delicately; cautiously; mincingly; daintily: used especially with reference to manner of walking or handling.
    • gingerly Cautious; mincing; dainty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ginger has been clinically demonstrated to work twice as well as Dramamine for fighting motion sickness, with no side effects.
    • adv Gingerly jin′jėr-li with soft steps: cautiously.
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Quotations

  • Bob Thaves
    Bob Thaves
    “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. E. ginger, brittle, tender; cf. dial. Sw. gingla, gängla, to go gently, totter, akin to E. gang,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Scand. root, seen in Sw. gingla, to totter.

Usage

In literature:

I told Jim I guessed I would lay down and wait for the ginger tea.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
No ginger in that boy.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
Add 2 eggs, 2 tablespoonfuls of flour, a little mace and ginger.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
We thought quite a little about the Ginger-bread!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
He had to manoeuvre very gingerly to dump Kloon into the pool and keep out of it himself.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Take hot ginger tea, or pepper tea.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Ten years ago Ginger Stott was on a pinnacle, there was a Stott vogue.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
He approached that topic in a gingerly manner, because he knew Mrs. Cave's peculiarities.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
The whistle arose with renewed force; gnarled and blackened fingers gingerly felt the shirt's texture.
"Mountain Blood" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Sprinkle sugar over each layer, and a little ginger.
"The American Housewife" by Anonymous
Mix well in two tablespoonfuls pounded ginger.
"Dishes & Beverages of the Old South" by Martha McCulloch Williams
If a little ginger, nutmeg, and lemon peel be added, serve with sweet sauce.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Somebody's father has got to pay, and pay good, or I'll have the law on 'em, by ginger!
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport
Six lemons, juice and rind; two oranges sliced and the rinds cut in small pieces; three-fourths ounce ginger, the preserved is best.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Well, suh, you mus' eat some my ginger-cake.
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris
Gingerly Docchi tried out the magneslippers; he was clumsy, but no longer helpless in the gravityless ship.
"Accidental Flight" by Floyd L. Wallace
Soon's the water boils make a cup of ginger tea.
"Dorothy on a House Boat" by Evelyn Raymond
He darted gingerly in and out of the sick-room twice a day, like a nervous terrier investigating a thorny hedge-row.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
Add four cups flour, one half teaspoon ginger, one fourth teaspoon cloves and a little salt.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
At the time of Bindle's encounter with his onetime work-mate, Ginger, he had been tramping for hours seeking a job.
"Bindle" by Herbert Jenkins
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In poetry:

Black Scots and red Scots,
Short Scots an’ lang,
Ginger Scots an’ bald Scots—
I dealt wi’ the gang.
"The Scots [A Dirge]" by Henry Lawson
The sea was bright as a mirror,
The moon was shiny as steel,
When Ginger limped aft at midnight
For to relieve the wheel.
"Eight Bells" by Cicely Fox Smith
The Ginger Scot o’ a’ Scots,
The warst shade o’ Scot,
For he’ll pay ye naething,
An’ tak’ a’ you’ve got.
"The Scots [A Dirge]" by Henry Lawson
Ole Ginger's left the 'orspital, it seems;
'E's back at Anzac, cursin' at the game;
Fer this 'ere ain't the fightin' uv 'is dreams;
It's too dead tame.
'E's got the oopizootics reely bad,
An' 'idin' in a burrer makes 'im mad.
"Rabbits" by C J Dennis
An' Ginger Mick wus vulgar. 'Struth! When things wus gettin' slow
'E took to 'awkin' rabbits, wich is very, very low-
'E wus the sort o' bloke to watch when 'e come in yer gate:
'E 'ad a narsty fightin' face that orl nice people 'ate.
"Introduction to Ginger Mick" by C J Dennis
Me, that 'as done me stretch fer stoushin' Johns,
An' spen's me leisure getting on the shick,
An' 'arf me nights down there in Little Lon.,
Wiv Ginger Mick,
Jist 'eading 'em, an' doing in me gilt.
Tough luck! I s'pose it's 'ow a man is built.
"A Spring Song" by C J Dennis

In news:

Emeril Lagasse's Carrot Ginger Soup.
Marinating steak in ginger, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, scallions, hot sauce, and more makes it a show-stopping main course.
Fresh ginger packs a flavorful punch.
1 tablespoon chopped peeled fresh ginger.
It is the consistency of a thick puree and gives intense heat and flavor to any dish, especially when cooked with additional fresh garlic and ginger.
Homemade Margarine With Coconut and Ginger (in foreground) and Homemade Herbed Margarine (Mette Randem for The Washington Post).
Filter the gingerale through a strainer if you find floating pieces of ginger objectionable.
Boil water and ginger for 45 minutes.
Business Chiefs Step Gingerly Into a Thorny Budget Fight.
Ginger Guilliod, standing, parent of an Ottawa Hills student, addresses the board meeting.
A delicious way to eat oatmeal using cinnamon and ginger spiced nectarines .
Guest Chef Guy Conley of Ginger Restaurant What's Cookin'.
Ginger Lasha Boyd and Jeremy Todd Adam Overby wed Saturday, Oct 15, at Joe Stock Memorial Park in historic LaFayette.
Fresh ginger, roughly chopped 1 tsp.
Chef Anthony Stewart of the Pritikin Longevity Center & Spa in Miami transforms takes one of our go-to quick desserts—a parfait —by using unconventional ingredients, like apple juice concentrate and ginger root.
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