Definition of namby-pamby in English:
- 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)Back to top
- 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.
Mid 18th century: fanciful formation based on the given name of Ambrose Philips (died 1749), an English writer whose pastorals were ridiculed by the writers Henry Carey (1687?–1743) and Alexander Pope (1688–1744).
This began as a play on the name of the English writer Ambrose Philips, who died in 1749. His poems were ridiculed as insipid and over-sentimental by writers including the poet and essayist Alexander Pope.
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