noun, plural nam·by-pam·bies for 4.
Origin of namby-pamby
Examples from the Web for namby-pamby
Boring teams, lousy quarterbacks, and namby-pamby rules are making the National Football League unwatchable.Buzz Bissinger on the NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season|Buzz Bissinger|January 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Call it aestheticism, squeamishness, namby-pamby sentimentalism, what you will it is stronger than oneself!The Complete Essays of John Galsworthy|John Galsworthy
Neither Boers or natives understand our namby-pamby way of playing at government; they put it down to fear.The Last Boer War|H. Rider Haggard
Any blind bat could see that you wanted to be nasty, in spite of your namby-pamby airs.Miss Pat at School|Pemberton Ginther
Namby-pamby in these days is not thrown away if it be introduced in the proper quarters.The Warden|Anthony Trollope
A middling poet, whose verses introduced a species of composition which has been called after his name, Namby-Pamby.
British Dictionary definitions for namby-pamby
noun plural -bies
Word Origin for namby-pamby
Word Origin and History for namby-pamby
"weakly sentimental, insipidly pretty," 1745, from satiric nickname of English poet Ambrose Philips (1674-1749) mocking his sentimental pastorals addressed to infant members of the nobility. Used first in 1726 in a farce credited to Carey. Related: Namby-pambical.