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[sawf-tee, sof-] /ˈsɔf ti, ˈsɒf-/
noun, plural softies. Informal.
a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.
Also, softie.
1860-65; soft + -y2 Unabridged
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  • She says to press softy at first, and then more firmly, holding for three to five minutes.
  • There is a tough guy who is really a softy, some rambunctious kids and physical drills.
British Dictionary definitions for softy


noun (pl) softies
(informal) a person who is sentimental, weakly foolish, or lacking in physical endurance
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Word Origin and History for softy

also softie, 1863, "silly person," from soft (adj.) + -y (3). Meaning "soft-hearted person" is from 1886; that of "weak, unmanly or effeminate man" is from 1895. The Mister Softee soft ice-cream operation began in Philadelphia, U.S., in 1956.

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Slang definitions & phrases for softy



Somewhat less than extreme; moderated; slightly ameliorated: The fashion magazine is soft-core pornography/ a softcore picture of a bare-chested woman


Something that is not extreme, esp a sexually arousing but not carnally explicit movie, magazine, etc: She doesn't care for X-rated, but enjoys a little soft-core now and then

[1966+; based on hard-core]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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softy in Technology

(IBM) Hardware hackers' term for a software expert who is largely ignorant of the mysteries of hardware.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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