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Meaning of NAMBY-PAMBY

Pronunciation:  'nambee'pambee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an insipid weakling who is foolishly sentimental
  2. [adj]  weak in willpower
 

NAMBY-PAMBY is a 11 letter word that starts with N.

 

 Synonyms: spineless, weak, wishy-washy
 
 See Also: doormat, weakling, wuss

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Nam"by-pam`by\, n. [From Ambrose Phillips, in
    ridicule of the extreme simplicity of some of his verses.]
    Talk or writing which is weakly sentimental or affectedly
    pretty. --Macaulay.
    
    
  2. \Nam"by-pam`by\, a.
    Affectedly pretty; weakly sentimental; finical; insipid.
    --Thackeray.
    
          Namby-pamby madrigals of love.           --W. Gifford.
    
    
    
    
 
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