fraidy cat


noun Informal.
a timid, easily frightened person: often used by children.
Also called scaredy-cat.

1905–10; fraid (aphetic form of afraid) + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

"coward," c.1910 slang, from child's pronunciation of afraid + cat (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fraidy cat definition

  1. n.
    a coward; a person who is frightened of everything. (Used in children's taunts.) : Don't be a fraidy cat. Go ahead, jump!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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