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fraidy-cat

[frey-dee-kat] /ˈfreɪ diˌkæt/
noun, Informal.
1.
a timid, easily frightened person: often used by children.
Also called scaredy-cat.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; fraid (aphetic form of afraid) + -y1
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Word Origin and History for fraidycat

fraidy-cat

n.

"coward," by 1871, American English slang, from 'fraid, childish or dialectal (African, West Indies) pronunciation of afraid (by 1816), + cat.

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