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Affectedly delicate or refined; mincing.

[Perhaps alteration of namby-pamby.]


excessively refined; prim
[C19: imitative of a prim affected enunciation]


(ˈnɪm ə niˈpɪm ə ni)

affectedly delicate or refined; mincing.
[1795–1805; rhyming compound; compare namby -pamby]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.niminy-piminy - affectedly dainty or refinedniminy-piminy - affectedly dainty or refined  
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
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Pretty has never been a word that really appeals to me - it has connotations of weakness and subjugation and a rather affected, niminy-piminy air to it.
Tynan was not impressed by Vivien Leigh's performance though and wrote: "She picks at the part with the daintiness of a debutante called upon dismember a stag" and described her Lady Macbeth as "more niminy-piminy than thundery-blundery, Max rehearsal Twelfth more viper than anaconda.
Young's observations on "the Jewish Question" are genteel, pseudo-academic and rather niminy-piminy in tone.