Definition of niminy-piminy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌnɪmɪnɪˈpɪmɪni


  • Affectedly prim or refined: she had a niminy-piminy ladylike air
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    • And so it has gone on, leaving tea to be the preserve of a niminy-piminy minority of the American upper-crust, who don't appear to know how to make it properly either.
    • No longer is Art Theft a refined craft of niminy-piminy alarm evasion, but more and more a matter of going in with all the guns blazing.
    • Who can ever forget Jo in Little Women, who was really Louisa, the girl who, when reproved for whistling by Amy, the art-loving sister, says: ‘I hate affected, niminy-piminy chits!’


late 18th century: fanciful coinage; compare with namby-pamby.

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