wishy-washy

[ wish-ee-wosh-ee, -waw-shee ]
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adjective
  1. lacking in decisiveness; without strength or character; irresolute.

  2. washy or watery, as a liquid; thin and weak.

Origin of wishy-washy

1
First recorded in 1685–95; gradational compound based on washy

Other words from wishy-washy

  • wish·y-wash·i·ly, adverb
  • wish·y-wash·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for wishy-washy

wishy-washy

/ (ˈwɪʃɪˌwɒʃɪ) /


adjectiveinformal
  1. lacking in substance, force, colour, etc

  2. watery; thin

Derived forms of wishy-washy

  • wishy-washily, adverb
  • wishy-washiness, noun

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