Definition of wishy-washy in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈwɪʃɪwɒʃi


1(Of drink or liquid food) 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.
2Feeble or insipid in quality or character: 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, milk-and-water, effete, spineless, limp, limp-wristed, namby-pamby, half-hearted, spiritless, irresolute, indecisive
informal wet, pathetic, weak-kneed
British informal half-arsed
pale, insipid; pallid, wan, sickly


early 18th century: reduplication of washy.

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