- opposition by nearby residents to a proposed building project, esp. a public one, as being hazardous, unsightly, etc.
- pl. NIMBYs or Nim′bys a person who opposes such a project
Origin of NIMBYn(ot) i(n) m(y) b(ack)y(ard)
nounpl. NIM·BYs Slang
One who objects to a project, especially one intended for the benefit of the public, such as a school or landfill, being sited near one's residence.
Origin of NIMBYn(ot) i(n) m(y) b(ack) y(ard)
(plural nimbies or nimbys)
- (usually pejorative) Someone who objects to the building of an undesirable structure in their neighborhood, especially in public policy debate.
- politically correct green (as in vegetation) nimbies (may object to nuclear power plants, polluting factories, etc.)
- socially conservative brown (as in shirts) nimbies (may object to the building of jails, prisons, housing for ex-convicts, drinking or adult entertainment establishments)
- fiscally conservative green (as in money) nimbies (may object to the building of anything which may decrease preexisting property values)
(comparative nimbyer or nimbier or more nimby, superlative nimbyest or nimbiest or most nimby)
- Not wanting to have to deal with unpleasant or distasteful things near them.
- Their vote against measures to help refugees has been perceived by the socially conscious margin of society as a typically nimby attitude.