- lacking in decisiveness; without strength or character; irresolute.
- washy or watery, as a liquid; thin and weak.
Origin of wishy-washy
Related Wordsindecisive, banal, cowardly, enervated, feeble, flat, flavorless, ineffective, ineffectual, insipid, irresolute, jejune, languid, listless, mediocre, namby-pamby, spiritless, tasteless, thin, vacillating
Examples from the Web for wishy-washy
But his Republican party in Washington considers this conservative too wishy-washy to be prime GOP material.Nevada Guv Faces Fans and Foes in Reelection
March 18, 2014
Were his wishy-washy answers in the debate merely an attempt to fool the center into voting for an Islamist candidate?Egyptian Elections: There Is No Clear Frontrunner in a Crowded Field
May 23, 2012
You're not the kind of blonde who'll get wishy-washy or fat.Gigolo
I always held you as a wishy-washy bourgeois and now you go and pull this thing off.Moral
You will find nothing negative or wishy-washy in the Great Book.The Victorious Attitude
Orison Swett Marden
He is like an over-shot mill, one everlastin' wishy-washy stream.'The Attache
Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Modern paper-hangings are too superficial and wishy-washy for the purpose.Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 2
- lacking in substance, force, colour, etc
- watery; thin
Word Origin and History for wishy-washy
1690s, "feeble or poor in quality," reduplication of washy "thin, watery" (see wash (n.)). Meaning "vacillating" first recorded 1873.