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[sis-ee] /ˈsɪs i/ Informal.
noun, plural sissies.
Disparaging and Offensive. an effeminate boy or man.
a timid or cowardly person.
a sister, especially a younger sister.
of, relating to, or characteristic of a sissy.
Origin of sissy
1840-50; Americanism; sis + -y2
Related forms
sissyish, adjective
sissiness, sissyness, noun Unabridged
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  • "I am glad to see you be so patient with papa, sissy," she said gently.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
  • sissy did not sing, but she said to herself, "Oh, how glad the Latimers must be!"

  • As sissy said it, her eyes were attracted by another of those rotten fragments of fence upon the ground.

    Hard Times Charles Dickens
  • "Like the people who hunted for the Earthly Paradise," said sissy hurriedly.

  • Not only he but James and sissy as well had liked her very much.

    The Road to the Open Arthur Schnitzler
British Dictionary definitions for sissy


noun (pl) -sies
an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
effeminate, weak, or cowardly Also (informal or dialect) sissified, cissified
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Word Origin and History for sissy

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sissy



  1. A sister: That's his sis with him (1656+)
  2. Woman; girl; chick • Used in direct address: What's up, sis? (1835+)

[a shortening of sister]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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