Definition of 'gingerly'

See related content

Synonyms of "gingerly"
Synonyms of "gingerly"
French Translation of "gingerly"
French Translation of "gingerly"
Pronunciation Playlists
Pronunciation Playlists
Word of the day : rösti
Word of the day : rösti
Hindi Translation of "gingerly"
Hindi Translation of "gingerly"
NEW from Collins!
NEW from Collins!
Easy Learning English Grammar
Easy Learning English Grammar

Example sentences containing 'gingerly'

These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
They make their way gingerly down the planks. Times, Sunday Times (2008)She gingerly tried to move it from the heat but it exploded. The Sun (2007)Bhutan has only recently stepped gingerly onto the motorway of international life. Times, Sunday Times (2012)There is no glowing ooze in the holding ponds or men walking gingerly in protective suits. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The men then walked gingerly out of the hall. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Both walked away gingerly last night after taking knocks. The Sun (2012)Small but wiry, he moves gingerly around the room. Times, Sunday Times (2009)They walked gingerly over the ice; the cold bit through their jackets. Christianity Today (2000)He was seen walking gingerly round the pitch at the Etihad yesterday before disappearing down the tunnel. The Sun (2012)The irony is that players new to artificial surfaces tread as gingerly on them as if they were trotting on greasy or icy grass. Times, Sunday Times (2010)I see an elderly man gingerly making his way down the incline of his driveway. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)And where the interests of Britain were not clearly engaged, he moved gingerly. The Times Literary Supplement (2010)He was led from the field, walking gingerly, for emergency treatment. The Sun (2009)We walked gingerly down one dark and stinking first-floor corridor, peering into the doorways and avoiding those in which we could hear movement. Times, Sunday Times (2007)In the end, I had to push the car uphill while my wife drove rather gingerly. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I felt my way gingerly up the stairs, along a corridor, trying to find my dormitory. Times, Sunday Times (2008)I am treading quite gingerly here since I am neither a doctor nor a psychiatrist. Times, Sunday Times (2008)

Trends of 'gingerly'

Used Occasionally. gingerly is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary

View usage for:

Translations for 'gingerly'

British English: gingerly ADVERB
If you do something gingerly, you do it in a careful manner, usually because you expect it to be dangerous, unpleasant, or painful.
She was touching the dressing gingerly with both hands.
  • American English: gingerly
  • Brazilian Portuguese: cuidadosamente
  • Chinese: 小心谨慎地
  • European Spanish: con sumo cuidado
  • French: avec précaution
  • German: vorsichtig
  • Italian: cautamente
  • Japanese: とても用心深く
  • Korean: 아주 조심스럽게
  • European Portuguese: cuidadosamente
  • Latin American Spanish: con sumo cuidado


Definition of gingerly from the Collins English Dictionary
The moon is at the forefront of our minds as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s ‘small step’ on 20th July, 1969. This month, we’ve been exploring lunar terminology, as well as looking at how the moon has woven itself into the fabric of our everyday language.
Read more
Unlock language with the Paul Noble method
No books. No rote memorization. No chance of failure. Your chance to have a one-to-one lesson with best-selling language expert Paul Noble, try a FREE audio sample of his brand new Mandarin Chinese course.
Read more
Learning English: Making suggestions when travelling
Take a boat? Stay overnight somewhere? This article looks at some useful phrases you can use when discussing options about what to do when travelling.
Read more
Collins English Dictionary Apps
Download our English Dictionary apps - available for both iOS and Android.
Read more
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Read more
Word lists
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Read more
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.
Read more
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
Read more
New collocations added to dictionary
Collocations are words that are often used together and are brilliant at providing natural sounding language for your speech and writing.
Read more
Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
Register now or login in to access