- 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.
Early 18th century: reduplication of washy.
pell-mell from Late Middle English:
People like words that combine two almost identical forms, like helter-skelter (late 16th century), mishmash (Late Middle English), namby-pamby, and wishy-washy (late 17th century)—and pell-mell. Its second element represents a form of French mesler ‘to mix’ (related to medley). The first part might be from pelle ‘shovel’, giving the sense ‘mixed together with a shovel’, but the simple love of rhyme may be the only explanation needed.
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