wishy-washy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wishy-washy weak in willpower, courage or vitality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wishy-washy A weak or thin drink or liquor; wish-wash.
    • a Wishy-washy Thin and pale; weak; without strength or substance; -- originally said of liquids. Fig., weak-minded; spiritless. "A weak wishy-washy man who had hardly any mind of his own."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wishy-washy thin and weak, diluted, feeble
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Quotations

  • Thomas S. Monson
    Thomas S. Monson
    “Work will win when wishy washy wishing won t.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Wash
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formed from wash.

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
Wishy, washy; trolly, trolly.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
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
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
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
Wishy, washy; trolly, trolly.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book III." by Francois Rabelais
Its views are Liberal-Conservative, and wishy-washy; its principal concern to remain in office.
"Town Life in Australia" by R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
It was the most wishy-washy concoction that was ever put on paper.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
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In news:

Businesses receiving orders, cancellations from wishy-washy fans.
Wishy-washy fans over playoffs keep businesses busy.
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.
The market had a wishy-washy Friday, capping an equally directionless week.
Weeding Out The ' Wishy-Washy '.
""Economics"": the subject of many wishy-washy political debates, the scariest subject in 11th grade, and the factor that pushes movie directors to get creative.
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