Namby-pamby definition

nămbē-pămbē
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Weak, sentimental, or unrealistic.
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Lacking vigor or decisiveness; weak or spineless.

Accused by conservatives of being a namby-pamby liberal.

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One that is weak, sentimental, or indecisive.
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Weakly sentimental; insipid.
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Wishy-washy.
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Without vigor.
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Namby-pamby talk.
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A namby-pamby person.
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Insipid and sentimental.
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Lacking vigor or decisiveness; spineless; wishy-washy.
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One who is insipid, sentimental, or weak.
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Talk or writing which is weakly sentimental or affectedly pretty.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
namby-pamby
Plural:
namby-pambies

Adjective

Base Form:
namby-pamby
Superlative:
namby-pambiest

Origin of namby-pamby

  • After Namby-Pamby , a satire on the poetry of Ambrose Philips (1674–1749) by Henry Carey (1687?–1743)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the nickname of the poet Ambrose Phillips, coined by Henry Carey in 1726.

    From Wiktionary