washy

adjective
\ˈwȯ-shē, 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for washy

Synonyms

dull, dulled, faded, light, pale, pastel, washed-out

Antonyms

dark, deep, gay, rich

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BDSers see it as a wishy-washy half-measure that doesn’t accomplish anything but salve conscience of liberal Jews like me. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "I’m an American Jew who abhors Israel’s violence. I still can’t boycott Israel.," 15 May 2018 My wishy-washy answer is that there is no easy answer. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why it's time to cut translators some slack," 14 May 2018 When the 2017 chemical attack first happened, Trump issued a wishy-washy statement that blamed President Barack Obama for it but didn't offer any retaliatory response. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Something for Trump to keep in mind on Syria: His strikes last year were pretty popular," 9 Apr. 2018 Yet if many Germans seem satisfied enough with their leader, others are unhappy with the wishy-washy consensus of the main political parties. Melissa Eddy And Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "Far-Right German Party Is Poised to Break Postwar Taboo," 21 Sep. 2017 Though Flake has opposed Trump, in his own wishy-washy way, since the 2016 election—skipping the G.O.P. convention in protest and calling on Trump to withdraw in the wake of P****gate—the senator has been ramping up his attacks of late. Bess Levin, vanityfair.com, "Trump Donor Bob Mercer Goes Medieval on Jeff Flake," 9 Aug. 2017 Though Flake has opposed Trump, in his own wishy-washy way, since the 2016 election—skipping the G.O.P. convention in protest and calling on Trump to withdraw in the wake of P****gate—the senator has been ramping up his attacks of late. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Trump Donor Bob Mercer Drops a Bomb on Jeff Flake," 9 Aug. 2017 But after The Cakemaker's over, audiences will shrug, instantly forget the wishy-washy characters and not even run to the nearest patisserie. Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Cakemaker' ('Der Kuchenmacher'): Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2017," 7 July 2017 However, the last three decades have seen a plethora of bland, insipid American compositions in wishy-washy tonal idioms infect our concert halls. Christian Hertzog, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Neglected masterpiece by Samuel Barber resurrected by David Chase for his farewell LJS&C concert," 11 June 2017

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First Known Use of washy

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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