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sissy

[sis-ee] /ˈsɪs i/
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
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism in sense “sister”; 1885-90, Americanism for def 1; sis + y2
Related forms
sissyish, adjective
sissiness, sissyness, noun
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Examples for sissy
  • sissy-Louise can sniff out a bed being made with fresh sheets from the dryer from the other end of the house, out on the patio.
  • After looking at it for ninety minutes, one should feel our brand of winter sissy stuff.
British Dictionary definitions for sissy

sissy

/ˈsɪsɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
adjective
2.
effeminate, weak, or cowardly Also (informal or dialect) sissified, cissified
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Word Origin and History for sissy
n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sissy

sissy

adjective

: wearing sissy clothes (1891+)

noun
  1. A timorous, weak, and effeminate male; daisy, lily, pansy (1887+)
  2. A male homosexual; pansy: No more sissies for Jimmy Smith (1970s+)

[fr sis fr sister]


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