sissies

sissy

[sis-ee]
noun, plural sissies.
1.
an effeminate boy or man.
2.
a timid or cowardly person.
3.
a little girl.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a sissy.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism in sense “sister”; 1885–90, Americanism for def 1; sis + y2

sissyish, adjective
sissiness, sissyness, noun
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sissy or cissy (ˈsɪsɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
 
adj
2.  sissified, Also (informal or dialect): cissified effeminate, weak, or cowardly
 
cissy or cissy
 
n
 
adj

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sissy
1846, "sister," extended form of sis (q.v.). Meaning "effeminate man" is recorded from 1887; the adj. in this sense is from 1891. Sissy bar is recorded from 1969.
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