- 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.
Early 18th century: reduplication of washy.
pell-mell from Late Middle English:
People like words that combine two almost identical forms, like helter-skelter (late 16th century), mishmash (Late Middle English), namby-pamby, and wishy-washy (late 17th century)—and pell-mell. Its second element represents a form of French mesler ‘to mix’ (related to medley). The first part might be from pelle ‘shovel’, giving the sense ‘mixed together with a shovel’, but the simple love of rhyme may be the only explanation needed.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.