Archive for July 21, 2010

adjective: wishy-washy


The adjective I have for you today is “wishy-washy”. It is used when we want to talk about a person who is often changing their mind about things or who can’t make definite decisions. Therefore, if you call someone wishy-washy, it’s a negative thing to say about them. For example:

I don’t like Oscar because he’s so wishy-washy. He just agrees with other people’s opinions, but he doesn’t seem to have any opinions of his own.

Many of today’s politicians are so wishy-washy. They start certain programs, but they change to other projects without finishing what they started.

A: I think Rachel is so wishy-washy. What do you think of her?

B: I wouldn’t say she’s wishy-washy. She just doesn’t have a lot of self-confidence.

When we use this word, it sounds a little bit casual. Also, because it’s quite negative, we would never call another person wishy-washy directly to their face. It would be extremely rude!

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