Definition of Niminy-piminy
1. Adjective. Affectedly dainty or refined.
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Literary usage of Niminy-piminy
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Miscellanies by William Makepeace Thackeray (1877)
"... but was there ever such a niminy-piminy subject treated in such a niminy-piminy way ? We can remember this gentleman's picture of " Margaret at the ..."
2. Publications by English Dialect Society (1882)
"... edly modest, delicate, niminy- piminy. Sen, [sen] adv. since. Sen-syne, [sensa'yn'] adv. since that time. ..."
3. Works by Manuel Márquez Sterling, William Makepeace Thackeray, Leslie Stephen, Louise Stanage (1900)
"... and beautiful Rebecca, sit down contented for life by the side of such a frigid piece of propriety as that icy, faultless, prim, niminy-piminy Rowena? ..."
4. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1887)
"... things to wear, Those niminy-piminy frocks are the worst. I know how it is, for I 've been there. ..."