niminy-piminy

[ nim-uh-nee-pim-uh-nee ]
/ ˈnɪm ə niˈpɪm ə ni /
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adjective

affectedly delicate or refined; mincing; effeminate: A niminy-piminy shyness makes frankness impossible.

Origin of niminy-piminy

1795–1805; rhyming compound; cf. namby-pamby
Related formsnim·i·ny-pim·i·ni·ness, nounnim·i·ny-pim·i·ny·ism, noun
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niminy-piminy

/ (ˈnɪmɪnɪˈpɪmɪnɪ) /

adjective

excessively refined; prim

Word Origin for niminy-piminy

C19: imitative of a prim affected enunciation
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