washy

adjective

ˈwȯ-shē How to pronounce washy (audio)
ˈwä-
washier; washiest
1
a
: weak, watery
washy tea
b
: deficient in color
c
: lacking in vigor, individuality, or definiteness
2
: lacking in condition and in firmness of flesh

Examples of washy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But like most of his saccharine repertoire, the lyrics don’t go much further than a washy setting of twinkly romance at the sock hop. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2023 There is a difference between a stalemate forced by performance and a wishy washy coach. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2023 Prime Minister Conte, a lawyer, prefers looping, legalistic, wishy-washy sentences. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 What wasn’t though was the wishy-washy nature laced along the rest of that news release. oregonlive, 30 Jan. 2020 Despite the occasional box-checking, wishy-washy comment slapping Beijing on the wrist for the worst of its abuses, the reality is that the former vice president’s support of the People’s Republic of China is deep and longstanding. Tom Cotton, National Review, 11 Mar. 2020 Joe Biden’s wishy-washy foreign policy record could be a liability for him in the wake of President Trump’s ordered strike that killed Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, 7 Jan. 2020 There’s a big part of me now wondering if either the Ducks or the Beavers should even want the wishy-washy act of Williams. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Sep. 2019 Coach Brian Flores takes the brunt of it, day-to-day, with the wishy-washy mission statement of trying to win but prepping for next year making him waffle between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh Rosen at quarterback. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of washy was in 1615

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“Washy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washy. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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