wishy-washy

[ wish-ee-wosh-ee, -waw-shee ]
/ ˈwɪʃ iˌwɒʃ i, -ˌwɔ ʃi /

adjective

lacking in decisiveness; without strength or character; irresolute.
washy or watery, as a liquid; thin and weak.

Origin of wishy-washy

First recorded in 1685–95; gradational compound based on washy

Related forms

wish·y-wash·i·ly, adverbwish·y-wash·i·ness, noun
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wishy-washy

/ (ˈwɪʃɪˌwɒʃɪ) /

adjective informal

lacking in substance, force, colour, etc
watery; thin

Derived Forms

wishy-washily, adverbwishy-washiness, noun
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