Definition of namby-pamby in English:

namby-pamby

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Pronunciation: /nambɪˈpambi
 
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derogatory

adjective

  • Lacking energy, strength, or courage; weak or ineffectual: namby-pamby liberals
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    • In fact he would probably think we were a bunch of namby-pamby liberals for feeding them at all.
    • None of this namby-pamby nonsense about love, happiness or respect from our Dear Leader.
    • The fact that those women are surrounded by a whole bunch of weak, namby-pamby men just makes it worse.

noun (plural namby-pambies)

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  • A weak or ineffectual person: he was a good boy, a namby-pamby, who kept the place assigned to him
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    • The first group (the namby-pambies) contrive to let their little darlings come out on top.
    • I wonder what sort of a bunch of namby-pambies there are in this town.
    • I think as a prosecutor everyone thought I was a namby-pamby, and therefore much more defense-oriented and minded.

Origin

mid 18th century: fanciful formation based on the given name of Ambrose Philips (died 1749), an English writer whose pastorals were ridiculed by Pope and others.

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