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niminy-piminy

[nim-uh-nee-pim-uh-nee]
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adjective
  1. affectedly delicate or refined; mincing; effeminate: A niminy-piminy shyness makes frankness impossible.
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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, nim′i-ni-pim′i-ni, adj. affectedly fine or delicate.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

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British Dictionary definitions for niminy-piminy

niminy-piminy

adjective
  1. excessively refined; prim
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Word Origin

C19: imitative of a prim affected enunciation
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