Definition of wishy-washy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɪʃi wɒʃi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪʃi wɑːʃi//
    , NAmE//ˈwɪʃi wɔːʃi//
    (informal, disapproving)
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  1. 1not having clear or firm ideas or beliefs a wishy-washy liberal
  2. 2not bright in colour a wishy-washy blue More Like This Reduplicative words airy-fairy, argy-bargy, chit-chat, criss-cross, dilly-dally, harum-scarum, helter-skelter, higgledy-piggledy, hocus-pocus, hoity-toity, hotchpotch, hurly-burly, itty-bitty, mumbo jumbo, mishmash, nitty-gritty, ping-pong, pitter-patter, shilly-shally, teeny-weeny, tittle-tattle, touchy-feely, wishy-washySee worksheet.
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: reduplication of washy.
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