—adj. 1. without firm methods or policy; weak or indecisive: namby-pamby handling of juvenile offenders. 2. lacking in character, directness, or moral or emotional strength: namby-pamby writing. 3. weakly sentimental, pretentious, or affected; insipid.
—n. 1. a namby-pamby person: written by and for namby-pambies. 2. namby-pamby sentiment: the harmless namby-pamby of a birthday card. 3. namby-pamby verse or prose.