washy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj washy having lost freshness or brilliance of color "sun-bleached deck chairs","faded jeans","a very pale washed-out blue","washy colors"
    • adj washy overly diluted; thin and insipid "washy coffee","watery milk","weak tea"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Washy Lacking substance or strength; weak; thin; dilute; feeble; as, washy tea; washy resolutions. "A polish . . . not over thin and washy ."
    • Washy Not firm or hardy; liable to sweat profusely with labor; as, a washy horse.
    • Washy Watery; damp; soft. "Washy ooze."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • washy Watery; damp; moist; soft: as, “the washy ooze,”
    • washy Too much diluted; weak; thin: as, washy tea.
    • washy Hence Wanting in solidity, substantial ness, strength, stamina, or the like; feeble; worthless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Washy watery, moist: thin, feeble
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Quotations

  • Charlotte Bronte
    Charlotte%20Bronte
    “Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition.”
  • Thomas S. Monson
    Thomas S. Monson
    “Work will win when wishy washy wishing won t.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Wash
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wascan; Ice. vaska, Ger. waschen.

Usage

In literature:

And if you choose to step in, I will make you a cup of tea, not wishy-washy, I assure you, but as good as ever was brewed.
"Wild Wales Its People, Language and Scenery" by George Borrow
You know how I hate the washy supernatural stuff they give us nowadays.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
If you are a Coffin, you were sawn out of no wishy-washy elm-board, but right heart-of-oak.
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
Everything which I have read during the last four years I find is quite washy in my mind.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Neither does she belong to that miserable, wishy-washy, downhill class that sooner or later fetches up in a poorhouse.
"He Fell in Love with His Wife" by Edward P. Roe
The' didn't seem to be much harm to him; but he had washy eyes, an' he was too blame oily an' gentle.
"Happy Hawkins" by Robert Alexander Wason
You do feel perfectly well this morning, Washy?
"Indiscretions of Archie" by P. G. Wodehouse
Never mind how washy the book from a scientific point of view.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
Washy's brother Jule, Julius Caesar Sparrow, he was as no-account and lazy as the rest.
"Cape Cod Stories" by Joseph C. Lincoln
He is like an over-shot mill, one everlastin' wishy-washy stream.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
He is like an over-shot mill, one everlastin' wishy-washy stream.
"The Attache" by Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Modern paper-hangings are too superficial and wishy-washy for the purpose.
"Passages From the English Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Observe PUNCHINELLO'S Cartoon, in which you shall behold the editorial laundresses of New-York city having a washy time of it all around.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 9, May 28, 1870" by Various
I'll make him think I'm a wishy-washy moonstruck girl, smitten with him.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
Friar John, with the Priestess of Bacbuc, was a washy bibber compared with him.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
You done your duty to-night like one of Fox's martyrs, and like George Washi'ton with his little cherry-tree and hatchet.
"The End Of The World" by Edward Eggleston
Give me, say I, your humming beer, with a body to it, in place of all the wishy-washy wines of the Frenchman or the Spaniard.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
You're free of that damned wishy-washy Morton blood.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
They are a washy blue, with the family white eyelashes (how different to Lord Robert's!).
"Red Hair" by Elinor Glyn
The SIX CENTS is much lighter and is a washy pink.
"History of the Postage Stamps of the United States of America" by John Kerr Tiffany
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In poetry:

Girls with feathers, vulgar songs -
"Washy verse on England's need -
God - and don't we damned well know
How the message ought to read.
"Recruiting" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh

In news:

Businesses receiving orders, cancellations from wishy-washy fans.
Wishy-washy fans over playoffs keep businesses busy.
A man charged with breaking into the Washy Co. Self-service laundry in Orangeburg, S.C.
After being wishy-washy for the last time, and then enlisting the help of the New Directions, Will Schuester finally popped the question to Emma.
Halfway through the first season of what they've sold as a new era, the Titans are a wishy-washy team.
Are you looking for a political home but find the Democratic Party too liberal, the Republicans too conservative, the independents too wishy-washy and the Tea Partyers just too darned scary.
Jerry Jones, one of the most powerful men in professional sports, sounds wishy-washy these days.
Despite Debt Ceiling Deal, Wishy- Washy Stock Market Stories.
Wall Street Wishy- Washy Ahead of 3Q Earnings.
Weeding Out The 'Wishy- Washy '.
People wishy- washy on water.
Despite Debt Ceiling Deal, Wishy-Washy Stock Market Stories.
Wall Street Wishy-Washy Ahead of 3Q Earnings.
Weeding Out The ' Wishy-Washy '.
Washi paper lampshades—in the Higashiyama Shichijo district.
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