Definition of gingerly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒɪndʒəli//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒɪndʒərli//
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in a careful way, because you are afraid of being hurt, of making a noise, etc. He opened the box gingerly and looked inside. Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘daintily, mincingly’): perhaps from Old French gensor ‘delicate’, comparative of gent ‘graceful’, from Latin genitus ‘(well-) born’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gingerly