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namby-pamby

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 lacking in qualities that make for spirit and character
  • she's such a namby-pamby nothing that it's no wonder she's never asked out

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2 lacking strength of will or character
  • mocked namby-pamby intellectuals who endlessly debate the pros and cons of everything and invariably end up accomplishing nothing

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namby-pamby

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Synonyms & Antonyms of namby-pamby (Entry 2 of 2)

a person without strength of character
  • those namby-pambies at city hall are never going to get serious about our crime problem

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“Namby-pamby.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/namby-pamby. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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