from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Pale in color; washed-out.
- adjective Watery; diluted.
- adjective Lacking strength or resolution.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Watery; damp; moist; soft: as, “the washy ooze,”
- Too much diluted; weak; thin: as, washy tea.
- Hence Wanting in solidity, substantial ness, strength, stamina, or the like; feeble; worthless.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Watery; damp; soft.
- adjective Lacking substance or strength; weak; thin; dilute; feeble.
- adjective Local, U. S. Not firm or hardy; liable to sweat profusely with labor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Watery;
- adjective Lacking substance or strength; weak; thin;
- adjective US, dialect, archaic Not firm or hardy; liable to sweat profusely with labour.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective having lost freshness or brilliance of color
- adjective overly diluted; thin and insipid
Sorry, no etymologies found.
What's really wishy-washy is you, conservative wife-cheating senator, who enjoys the company and services of prostitues, but comes out in public agaist their services.
Now he's back to where he started, and they're hoping that this is going -- at least consistency is going to play better for him than being a little bit perhaps wishy-washy, which is how he looked in last week's debate.
Traveller, a light chesnut, what the hunter would call a washy brute, always eating and never fat; -- the Colt, so called from his being young, certainly unequal to such a journey as that on which he was taken; -- and
Expedition into Central Australia Charles Sturt 1832
Many horses, particularly slack loined, slight, "washy" animals, purge if worked or excited, as may be observed among race horses when taken to a race course.
The Veterinarian Charles James Korinek
"washy" by horsemen; they are those with long bodies, long legs, and narrow, flat sides.
Special Report on Diseases of the Horse Charles B. Michener 1877
Because Baker, his allies, and occasionally wishy-washy journalists can no longer run on the facts to criticize Gov.
(It just doesn't seem like one of those wishy-washy things you can flip-flop on.)
Getting more 'gay-supportive' with time Aaron Morrissey 2010
Perry said she truly believes Bybees statement that he stands by the memo, adding, He's not a flip-flopping, wishy-washy type of person.
Why am I being so wishy-washy when the operational models last night in such good agreement about a changeover with the the storm?
Potential storm Tues-Wed: more snow or rain? Wes Junker 2011
But on my first draft, my protag was kind of wishy-washy, and that is not how I want her to be.