washy

adjective
\ ˈwȯ-shē How to pronounce washy (audio) , ˈwä- \
washier; washiest

Definition of washy

1a : weak, watery washy tea
b : deficient in color
c : lacking in vigor, individuality, or definiteness
2 : lacking in condition and in firmness of flesh

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Examples of washy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prime Minister Conte, a lawyer, prefers looping, legalistic, wishy-washy sentences. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Comic Insults Aside, Mayors Act as Sentinels in Italy’s Coronavirus Tragedy," 11 Apr. 2020 What wasn’t though was the wishy-washy nature laced along the rest of that news release. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon State needs to be stop being timid and get out the shovels at Reser Stadium," 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, "Joe Biden Is China’s Choice for President," 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, "'Every side of every foreign policy issue': Rise of Iran tensions leaves Biden vulnerable," 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, "Canzano: Wishy washy saga of Devon Williams feels like its just getting started for Beavers and Ducks," 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, "Hyde: Here’s why the Dolphins have become Vegas’ least-favorite team | Commentary," 19 Oct. 2019 The wishy-washy approach has left policymakers flummoxed. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Facebook’s payments strategy isn’t Libra, it’s WhatsApp," 17 Oct. 2019 One study from the journal Appetite illustrates just how wishy-washy the term can be. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "Here's What It Really Means to Eat In Moderation," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of washy

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Washy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/washy. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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