Definitions for namby-pambyˈnæm biˈpæm bi
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
nam•by-pam•byˈnæm biˈpæm bi(adj.; n.)(pl.)-bies.
(adj.)lacking decisiveness; irresolute:
weakly sentimental; insipid:
(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
an insipid weakling who is foolishly sentimental
namby-pamby, gutless, spineless, wishy-washy(adj)
weak in willpower, courage or vitality
One that is insipid, sentimental or weak.
Insipid and sentimental
Lacking vigor or decisiveness; spineless; wishy-washy
talk or writing which is weakly sentimental or affectedly pretty
affectedly pretty; weakly sentimental; finical; insipid