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softie

[sawf-tee, sof-] /ˈsɔf ti, ˈsɒf-/
noun
1.

softy

[sawf-tee, sof-] /ˈsɔf ti, ˈsɒf-/
noun, plural softies. Informal.
1.
a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
2.
a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
3.
a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.
Also, softie.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; soft + -y2
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British Dictionary definitions for softies

softie

/ˈsɒftɪ/
noun (pl) softies
1.
(informal) a person who is sentimental, weakly foolish, or lacking in physical endurance
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Word Origin and History for softies

softy

n.

also softie, 1863, "silly person," from soft (adj.) + -y (3). Meaning "soft-hearted person" is from 1886; that of "weak, unmanly or effeminate man" is from 1895. The Mister Softee soft ice-cream operation began in Philadelphia, U.S., in 1956.

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Slang definitions & phrases for softies

soft-core

adjective

Somewhat less than extreme; moderated; slightly ameliorated: The fashion magazine is soft-core pornography/ a softcore picture of a bare-chested woman

noun

Something that is not extreme, esp a sexually arousing but not carnally explicit movie, magazine, etc: She doesn't care for X-rated, but enjoys a little soft-core now and then

[1966+; based on hard-core]


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