"wish-wash", sense 2, 1697; antedates OED2 1842--

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 6 16:57:36 UTC 2013

"What the Council of Trade have sent you further about the West
Indies is but 'wishewashes' and nothing to your purpose."

1697 July 25.  Letter, William Blathwayt to Matthew Prior.  _Calendar
of the Manuscripts of the Marquis of Bath Preserved at Longleat,
Wiltshire_.  Historical Manuscripts Commission.  Printed for HM
Stationery Office, 1908.  Vol. III (Prior Papers), p. 140.

Antedates OED2 "wish-wash, n.", sense 2. fig., 1842--.

"wishy-washy", adj., goes back to 1693 in its sense (2.b.) most
closely related to this quotation.


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