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namby–pamby

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adjective nam·by–pam·by \ˌnam-bē-ˈpam-bē\

Simple Definition of namby–pamby

  • : too weak or gentle : not strong or strict enough

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of namby–pamby

  1. 1 :  lacking in character or substance :  insipid

  2. 2 :  weak, indecisive

namby–pamby noun

Origin of namby–pamby

Namby Pamby, nickname given to Ambrose Philips


First Known Use: 1741


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