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Wishy-washy   /wˈɪʃi-wˈɑʃi/   Listen

Weak in willpower, courage or vitality.  Synonyms: gutless, namby-pamby, spineless.

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"Wishy-washy" Quotes from Famous Books

... of wishy-washy talk about the Bolshevists, says a Labour paper. Wishy, perhaps, but from what we see of their pictures ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, January 14, 1920 • Various

... to believe by column upon column of wishy-washy twaddle in the morning papers, that Henley Regatta has actually taken place. The effete parasites of a decayed aristocracy who direct this gathering endeavour year after year to make the world believe that theirs is the only ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 99, August 9, 1890. • Various

... Dick up still more. If his favourite aunt had the bad taste to throw over a promising football nephew for anything so wishy-washy as a lover, it was consoling to know that the wisher- washer might include an aeroplane. "Perhaps he'll take us up one of these days if we behave nicely about Aunt Polly-wolly-doodle," he said hopefully; "that is, if there really is anything in Mollie's tosh. He ...
— The Happy Adventurers • Lydia Miller Middleton

... I know it's all right," he blundered ahead tactlessly—the gleam in her eye should have warned him that he might have omitted that reassurance—"but just the looks of the thing. And he's such a weak and wishy-washy little nonentity!" ...
— The Gray Dawn • Stewart Edward White

... Syd, sir. Of course I'd forgotten it. Got so wishy-washy with so much water, that I can't think ...
— Syd Belton - The Boy who would not go to Sea • George Manville Fenn

... life for the sickly, wishy-washy, dwarfed, sentimental "dudes," hanging about our cities, country, and universities, complaining of their hard lot, dreaming of success, and wondering why they are left in the rear in the great ...
— Architects of Fate - or, Steps to Success and Power • Orison Swett Marden

... should always have some blue about her. It is really extremely interesting to notice how blue brought up close to the throat and then a bow of the same in her hair intensifies the blue in the eyes, making even the pale, wishy-washy orbs a deep violet. When the blue beneath the face is too trying there must be some of the same put in the hair or hat, as the case may be. ...
— Social Life - or, The Manners and Customs of Polite Society • Maud C. Cooke

... Robin Stout," returned Crux; "an' even if I did believe it I'd go on just the same, for I prefer a short life and a merry one to a long life an' a wishy-washy ...
— Charlie to the Rescue • R.M. Ballantyne

Words linked to "Wishy-washy" :   weak

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