Wishy-washy
Wishy-washy Wish"y-wash`y, a. [See {Wash}.] Thin and pale; weak; without strength or substance; -- originally said of liquids. Fig., weak-minded; spiritless. [1913 Webster]

A weak wishy-washy man who had hardly any mind of his own. --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]


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  • wishy-washy — [wish′ē wôsh΄ē] adj. [redupl. of WASHY] Informal 1. watery; insipid; thin 2. a) weak; feeble b) vacillating; indecisive wishy washily adv …   English World dictionary

  • wishy-washy — 1690s, feeble or poor in quality, reduplication of washy thin, watery (see WASH (Cf. wash)). Meaning vacillating first recorded 1873 …   Etymology dictionary

  • Wishy-washy — Wish y wash y, n. A weak or thin drink or liquor; wish wash. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wishy-washy — *insipid, vapid, flat, jejune, banal, inane Analogous words: spiritless, enervated, *languid, listless: *weak, feeble: diluted, attenuated, thinned (see THIN vb) Contrasted words: *spirited, high spirited, mettlesome, spunky, fiery, peppery,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wishy-washy — [adj] bland, dull banal, characterless, cowardly, enervated, feeble, flat, flavorless, indecisive, ineffective, ineffectual, insipid, irresolute, jejune, languid, listless, mediocre, namby pamby*, sapless, spiritless, tasteless, thin, vacillating …   New thesaurus

  • wishy-washy — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a drink or soup) weak or thin. 2) feeble or insipid …   English terms dictionary

  • wishy-washy — wish|y wash|y [ˈwıʃi ˌwɔʃi US ˌwo:ʃi, ˌwa:ʃi] adj informal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: washy thin, watery (16 20 centuries), from wash] 1.) someone who is wishy washy does not have firm or clear ideas and seems unable to decide what they want used… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wishy-washy — adjective Etymology: reduplication of washy Date: 1703 1. lacking in character or determination ; ineffectual < wishy washy leadership > 2. lacking in strength or flavor ; weak < wishy washy wines > • wishy washiness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wishy-washy — adjective informal 1 a wishy washy person does not have firm or clear ideas and seems unable to decide what they want: a bunch of wishy washy liberals 2 colours that are wishy washy are pale, not strong or dark …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wishy-washy — adjective 1) he s so wishy washy Syn: feeble, ineffectual, weak, vapid, effete, gutless, spineless, limp, namby pamby, spiritless, indecisive, characterless; pathetic Ant: strong …   Thesaurus of popular words

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