niminy piminy


affectedly delicate or refined; mincing; effeminate: A niminy-piminy shyness makes frankness impossible.

1795–1805; rhyming compound; cf. namby-pamby

niminy-pimininess, noun
niminy-piminyism, noun Unabridged
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niminy-piminy (ˈnɪmɪnɪˈpɪmɪnɪ)
excessively refined; prim
[C19: imitative of a prim affected enunciation]

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