wishy-washy

adjective
\ ˈwi-shē-ˌwȯ-shē How to pronounce wishy-washy (audio) , -ˌwä- \

Definition of wishy-washy

1 : lacking in character or determination : ineffectual wishy-washy leadership
2 : lacking in strength or flavor : weak wishy-washy wines

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wishy-washiness noun

First Known Use of wishy-washy

1703, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wishy-washy

reduplication of washy

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The first known use of wishy-washy was in 1703

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“Wishy-washy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wishy-washy. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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wishy-washy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wishy-washy

disapproving : not having or showing strong ideas or beliefs about something : weak and not able or not willing to act

wishy-washy

adjective
\ ˈwi-shē-ˌwȯ-shē, -ˌwä- \

Kids Definition of wishy-washy

: lacking spirit, courage, or determination : weak

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