Definition of wishy-washy in English:


Syllabification: wish·y-wash·y
Pronunciation: /ˈwiSHēˌwäSHē
, ˈwiSHēˌwôSHē


1(Of drink or liquid food such as soup) weak; watery.
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  • Before moving on, I drink a cup of tepid wishy-washy Amsterdam espresso tasting and smelling of unclean canal water, with ‘Sally’, my obnoxious Salisbury suitcase, parked at my feet.
1.1Feeble or insipid in quality or character; lacking strength or boldness: wishy-washy liberalism
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  • It's almost like my character is so wishy-washy that nobody believes in what I do.
  • This is not the wishy-washy spiritualism that insists that it does not matter what you believe so long as you believe in something.
  • Although each character's storyline is wrapped up, the climax is wishy-washy.
feeble, ineffectual, weak, vapid, effete, gutless, spineless, limp, namby-pamby, spiritless, indecisive, characterless;
pale, insipid, pallid, muted, pastel


early 18th century: reduplication of washy.

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