wishywashiness

wishy-washy

[wish-ee-wosh-ee, -waw-shee]
adjective
1.
lacking in decisiveness; without strength or character; irresolute.
2.
washy or watery, as a liquid; thin and weak.

Origin:
1685–95; gradational compound based on washy

wishy-washily, adverb
wishy-washiness, noun
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wishy-washy (ˈwɪʃɪˌwɒʃɪ)
 
adj
1.  lacking in substance, force, colour, etc
2.  watery; thin
 
'wishy-washily
 
adv
 
'wishy-washiness
 
n

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wishy-washy
1693, "feeble or poor in quality," reduplication of washy "thin, watery" (see wash). Meaning "vacillating" first recorded 1873.
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