niminy-piminy

niminy-piminy

[nim-uh-nee-pim-uh-nee]
adjective
affectedly delicate or refined; mincing; effeminate: A niminy-piminy shyness makes frankness impossible.

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

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

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