pantywaist

pantywaist

[pan-tee-weyst]
noun
1.
Informal. a weak, effeminate man; sissy.
2.
formerly, a child's undergarment consisting of short pants and a shirt that buttoned together at the waist.
adjective
3.
weak; fainthearted.
4.
Informal. childish.

Origin:
1925–30; panty + waist


1. weakling, milksop, namby-pamby.
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pantywaist (ˈpæntɪˌweɪst)
 
n
1.  a child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist
2.  informal (US) a man or boy considered as childish, lacking in courage, etc
 
[C20: from panties + waist]

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pantywaist
"weak or effeminate male," 1936, from a type of child's garment with short pants that buttoned to the waist of a shirt.
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