wishy-washy


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wish·y-wash·y

 (wĭsh′ē-wŏsh′ē, -wô′shē)
adj. wish·y-wash·i·er, wish·y-wash·i·est Informal
1.
a. Irresolute or indecisive: a wishy-washy supervisor who can't decide what to do.
b. Lacking in purpose; weak or ineffective: a wishy-washy response to the criticism.
2. Thin and watery, as tea or soup.

[Reduplication of washy, thin, watery, from wash.]

wish′y-wash′i·ness n.
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wishy-washy

(ˈwɪʃɪˌwɒʃɪ)
adj
1. lacking in substance, force, colour, etc
2. watery; thin
ˈwishy-ˌwashily adv
ˈwishy-ˌwashiness n
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wish•y-wash•y

(ˈwɪʃ iˌwɒʃ i, -ˌwɔ ʃi)

adj.
1. lacking in decisiveness; without strength or character; irresolute.
2. washy or watery, as a liquid; thin and weak.
[1685–95; gradational compound based on washy]
wish′y-wash`i•ly, adv.
wish′y-wash`i•ness, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.wishy-washy - weak in willpower, courage or vitality
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
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wishy-washy

adjective
1. feeble, weak, bland, ineffective, ineffectual, insipid, vapid, jejune I can't stand indecisive, wishy-washy men.
2. pale, bland, wan, pallid, insipid She always dresses in wishy-washy pastel colours.
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wishy-washy

adjective
Informal. Lacking the qualities requisite for spiritedness and originality:
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Translations

wishy-washy

[ˈwɪʃɪˌwɒʃɪ] ADJ [colour] → soso; [beer] → insípido; [answer, solution] → a medias; [thinking, ideas] → vago; [person] → sin carácter
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wishy-washy

[ˌwɪʃiˈwɒʃi] adj [person] → sans consistance; [ideas, thinking] → sans consistance
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

wishy-washy

adj coffee, souplabberig, wässrig; person, charactersaft- und kraftlos, farblos, lasch; colourverwaschen; argumentschwach (inf); report, storyungenau, wachsweich, wischiwaschi (inf)
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wishy-washy

[ˈwɪʃɪˌwɒʃɪ] adj (fam) (colour) → slavato/a; (person, argument, ideas) → insulso/a
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