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Definition of "namby-pamby" []

  • Insipid and sentimental. (adjective)
  • Lacking vigor or decisiveness; spineless. (adjective)
  • One that is insipid, sentimental, or weak. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "namby-pamby" in a sentence
  • "BarCap knows what's wrong: a namby-pamby welfare stateLonger hours, harder work, greater discipline and far fewer namby-pamby social benefits."
  • "He was not a sickly sentimentalist, a namby-pamby poet, a mincing metre ballad monger, any more than Shakspeare."
  • "Look, I have been and continue to be very unhappy with the frequently namby-pamby responses of the Progressive movement to the liars and hypocrites at Faux News, Whirled Nuts Dully, and the Repugnantcons in general."