namby-pamby

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the nickname of the poet Ambrose Phillips, coined by Henry Carey in 1726. [1]

Adjective[edit]

namby-pamby (comparative more namby-pamby, superlative most namby-pamby)

  1. Insipid and sentimental.
  2. Lacking vigor or decisiveness; spineless; wishy-washy.

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Noun[edit]

namby-pamby (plural namby-pambies)

  1. One who is insipid, sentimental, or weak.
  2. Talk or writing which is weakly sentimental or affectedly pretty.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary: namby-pamby