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softy

or softie

[sawf-tee, sof-] /ˈsɔf ti, ˈsɒf-/
noun, plural softies. Informal.
1.
a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
2.
a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
3.
a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.
Origin of softy
1860-1865
1860-65; soft + -y2
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Examples from the Web for softy
Historical Examples
  • It went fair between the ribs, and Buckskin fell back dead, with softy on the top of him.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
  • The heap of money made a deep impression in the softy downy bed.

  • The constable looked into the room, and watched the "softy" groping for his garments in the moonlight.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • He was rich and kind, or rather as she told me "he was a softy."

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Repressing her rebellious emotions, Lady Isabel glided partly down the staircase, and softy called to the butler.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The "softy" appeared presently, leading the horse by the bridle.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • He gave it to you because he was a softy and went to bits when you played off the sick kid on him.

    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet George Bernard Shaw
  • "But he won't be back just yet awhile," said the "softy," grinning.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • Mr. Grimstone had, as I have said, already made himself acquainted with all the haunts affected by the "softy."

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • They stood facing each other for a moment, and then softy sprang at him.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
Word Origin and History for softy
n.

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.

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

soft-core

adjective

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

noun

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.
(1995-01-11)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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