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Affectedly delicate or refined; mincing.
[Perhaps alteration of namby-pamby.]
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excessively refined; prim
[C19: imitative of a prim affected enunciation]
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nim•i•ny-pim•i•ny(ˈnɪm ə niˈpɪm ə ni)
affectedly delicate or refined; mincing.
[1795–1805; rhyming compound; compare namby -pamby]
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|Adj.||1.||niminy-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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