What does namby-pamby mean?

Definitions for namby-pambyˈnæm biˈpæm bi

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word namby-pamby.

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(a.)

    Indecisive or weak; lacking firmness or resolve; -- of actions and policies.


  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

  3. Origin: [From Ambrose Phillips, in ridicule of the extreme simplicity of some of his verses.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Namby-pamby

    nam′bi-pam′bi, n. silly talking or writing.—adj. sentimental, affectedly pretty.—v.t. to coddle. [H. Carey's nickname for Ambrose Philips (1671-1749), from his childish odes to children.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of namby-pamby in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of namby-pamby in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for namby-pamby

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • ñoño, sosoSpanish
  • gnangnanFrench
  • smidollato, sdolcinato, codardo, insulso, mollaccione, insipidoItalian

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