- Lacking energy, strength, or courage; feeble or effeminate in behavior or expression: these weren’t namby-pamby fights, but brutal affairs where heads hit the sidewalkMore example sentences
- 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
- A feeble or effeminate person.More example sentences
- 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).