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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: washy 'thin, watery' (16-20 centuries), from wash

wishy-washy

adjective
     
wish‧y-wash‧y informal
1 someone who is wishy-washy does not have firm or clear ideas and seems unable to decide what they want - used to show disapproval:
a bunch of wishy-washy liberals
2 colours that are wishy-washy are pale and unexciting, not strong or dark - used to show disapproval

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