E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Cautiously, with faltering steps. The Scotch phrase, gang that gate, and the Anglo-Saxon gangende (going), applied to an army looking out for ambuscades, would furnish the adverb gangendelic; Swedish, gingla, to go gently.
Gingerly, as if treading upon eggs, Cuddie began to ascend the well-known pass.Scott: Old Mortality, chap. xxv.