Definition of namby-pamby adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌnæmbi ˈpæmbi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌnæmbi ˈpæmbi//
(informal, disapproving)
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weak and too emotional He rejected any affection as namby-pamby nonsense. Word Originmid 18th cent.: fanciful formation based on the given name of Ambrose Philips (died 1749), an English writer whose pastoral poems were ridiculed by Pope and others.
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