waterish


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wa·ter·ish

 (wô′tər-ĭsh, wŏt′ər-)
adj.
Resembling water; watery.

wa•ter•ish

(ˈwɔ tər ɪʃ, ˈwɒt ər-)

adj.
somewhat, or tending to be, watery.
[1520–30]
wa′ter•ish•ness, n.
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waterish

adjective
1. Lower than normal in strength or concentration due to admixture:
2. Being weak in quality or substance:
3. Lacking the qualities requisite for spiritedness and originality:
Informal: wishy-washy.
References in classic literature ?
Not vapid, waterish amusements, but good strong stuff; dealing in round abuse and blackguard names; pulling off the roofs of private houses, as the Halting Devil did in Spain; pimping and pandering for all degrees of vicious taste, and gorging with coined lies the most voracious maw; imputing to every man in public life the coarsest and the vilest motives; scaring away from the stabbed and prostrate body-politic, every Samaritan of clear conscience and good deeds; and setting on, with yell and whistle and the clapping of foul hands, the vilest vermin and worst birds of prey.
He added: "The lower part thereof standeth very waterish, the upper riseth with faire buildings, for the credite and praise whereof I may not reckon this in the last place, a town that full of inhabitants".
14) The Miller's complaints about 'butter' also suggest sexual frustration: 'we could not make it come, though she and I both together churned almost our hearts out, and nothing would come, but all ran into thin waterish gear' (5.