Synonyms for namby-pamby
- chicken heart
- chicken liver
- lily liver
- momma's boy
- scaredy cat
- yellow belly
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NAMBY-PAMBY
Any workman in the school of Namby-Pamby could have kept their purity.
She was very beautiful in her soft, foolish, namby-pamby, blue-eyed way.
He witnessed a performance—not too namby-pamby—of Punch and Judy.
Ruth Fielding was not namby-pamby, although she was far from quarrelsome.
She was not at all weak or namby-pamby, but she was a universal peace-maker.
She ain't no namby-pamby, Susie-Sozzles sort of a gal—no, ma'am!
Why did you make us walk in front, namby-pamby so, Papa dear?
The idea of a broken heart had always seemed to Winn namby-pamby.
I took it for granted Horace would admire some namby-pamby with a doll's face.
Namby-pamby in these days is not thrown away if it be introduced in the proper quarters.
"weakly sentimental, insipidly pretty," 1745, from satiric nickname of English poet Ambrose Philips (1674-1749) mocking his sentimental pastorals addressed to infant members of the nobility. Used first in 1726 in a farce credited to Carey. Related: Namby-pambical.