namby-pamby definition

  • adjective:
    • Insipid and sentimental.
    • Lacking vigor or decisiveness; spineless.
    • Insipid and sentimental
    • Lacking vitality or decisiveness; spineless; wishy-washy
    • Affectedly pretty; weakly sentimental; finical; insipid.
    • Indecisive or poor; lacking tone or fix; -- of actions and policies.
    • weak in determination, nerve or vitality
  • noun:
    • one that's insipid, sentimental, or poor.
    • One that is insipid, sentimental, or poor.
    • Talk or writing which can be weakly emotional or affectedly pretty.
    • Silly verse; weakly emotional writing or talk.
    • an insipid weakling that is foolishly emotional
  • others:
    • Weakly emotional; affectedly good; insipid; vapid: as, namby-pamby rimes.
    • To treat sentimentally; coddle.

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