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Meaning of namby-pamby

nam•by-pam•by

Pronunciation: (nam'bē-pam'bē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -bies
—adj.
  1. without firm methods or policy; weak or indecisive: namby-pamby handling of juvenile offenders.
  2. lacking in character, directness, or moral or emotional strength: namby-pamby writing.
  3. weakly sentimental, pretentious, or affected; insipid.
—n.
  1. a namby-pamby person: written by and for namby-pambies.
  2. namby-pamby sentiment: the harmless namby-pamby of a birthday card.
  3. namby-pamby verse or prose.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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