Definitions for namby-pambyˈnæm biˈpæm bi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nam•by-pam•byˈnæm biˈpæm bi(adj.; n.)(pl.)-bies.

  1. (adj.)lacking decisiveness; irresolute:

    namby-pamby opinions.

  2. weakly sentimental; insipid:

    namby-pamby poetry.

  3. (n.)a namby-pamby person or thing.

Origin of namby-pamby:

1726; rhyming compound based on the first syll. of Ambrose Philips; first used as a nickname for Philips in the title of a poem by Henry Carey (1687?–1743) ridiculing his verse

Princeton's WordNet

  1. namby-pamby(adj)

    an insipid weakling who is foolishly sentimental

  2. namby-pamby, gutless, spineless, wishy-washy(adj)

    weak in willpower, courage or vitality


  1. namby-pamby(Noun)

    One that is insipid, sentimental or weak.

  2. namby-pamby(Adjective)

    Insipid and sentimental

  3. namby-pamby(Adjective)

    Lacking vigor or decisiveness; spineless; wishy-washy

Webster Dictionary

  1. Namby-pamby(noun)

    talk or writing which is weakly sentimental or affectedly pretty

  2. Namby-pamby(adj)

    affectedly pretty; weakly sentimental; finical; insipid


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