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English definition of “namby-pamby”

namby-pamby

adjective uk   /ˌnæm.biˈpæm.bi/ informal disapproving us  
weak, silly, or emotional: She probably regarded us as a bunch of namby-pamby liberals.Weakness and vulnerabilityStupid and sillyOf unsound mind
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