American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Affectedly delicate or refined; mincing.
- adj. affectedly dainty or refined
- Perhaps alteration of namby-pamby. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And, in case you think I am sounding too niminy-piminy here, a third tucking into his 'Double Bubble, two slice and a cup a tea please love' while enjoying the special delights of The Sun.”
“I don't think we need have any niminy-piminy fancies against that.”
“These fashion-plates of fifty years ago are designed by very different hands from those which produce our niminy-piminy looking things, -- by artists plainly; and your peasant-girl was seized upon by some errant knight of palette and brush, and painted for her beauty.”
“Inside were many fine pictures, not in the niminy-piminy manner, but strong, full-coloured, and just.”
“The girl, poor thing, was in her normal state, a niminy-piminy, affected milliner, and nothing more, only seeming very much overcome by being in company with so many fine people.”
“You're a brave lass for all your niminy-piminy lingo.”
“Humph!' said Malevola, 'your precious daughter will have beauty and grace and all the rest of the tuppenny halfpenny rubbish those niminy-piminy minxes have given her.”
“Wheer would th 'owd country be if 'twere left to pulin' booky clerks what thinks they're gemmen, an 'what weds niminy-piminy shop gels, an' breeds nowt but ricketty babes fit for workus 'burial!”
“The church here is tough and coarse, and full of grit, like a grindstone; and it does ministers from other more niminy-piminy places all sorts of good to come here once in a while and rub themselves up against it.”
“So we'll all have to walk just niminy-piminy till then.”
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