Definition of softie in English:


(also softy)


  • A soft-hearted, weak, or sentimental person:

    ‘she is too much of a softie to fire anyone’
    • ‘This is most probably the image that other university hockey teams have of the warriors - that they are a bunch of academic softies.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, the whole idea of ‘emotional software’ made by softies really appeals to me.’
    • ‘At six foot five, with huge forearms and long legs, Brown looks like a bruiser, but he's actually a big softy, both on and off the track.’
    • ‘Call me an old softy but I love watching Agatha Christie dramatisations on TV, specially in the winter and specially when you know it's going to be good.’
    • ‘Giles was ridiculed all over again as a cry-baby and a big softie.’
    • ‘I contacted Great Dane rescue groups, posted a pitiful plea on a Yahoo mailing list for injured dogs, and asked around at the barn where I volunteered, but all the softies out there were full-up on their quota of animals.’
    • ‘The perpetrators involved are not softies, they are very tough kids.’
    • ‘I think he enjoyed putting on this gruff manner to frighten people, but underneath he was a bit of a softie.’
    • ‘Paula, ever the softy, decided that Elizabeth deserved a chance.’
    • ‘I've always been a bit of a softy but this place brings out the worst in me in that respect.’
    • ‘Many seemed to have been put off by the steady fall of rain that lasted until half time but umbrellas, and even coats, were apparently only for softies.’
    • ‘It's not that I'm a big softy, but that Whale Rider is so good at showing how a deep abiding love can go hand-in-hand with unyielding harshness.’
    • ‘His temper in the office could be fiery and he might seem a bit hot and bothered but deep down he was a softy.’
    • ‘To think that some people say they are tough guys who will pull out all the stops to win when they are really just a bunch of softies who don't want to embarrass their rivals.’
    • ‘I grew up in a really harsh environment and I am a real softy underneath.’
    • ‘For all their huff and puff, and pitbull looks, they turn out to be softies.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, there are far too many drivers on our roads today who seem to feel that compliance with the regulations is for softies only.’
    • ‘Hardchannel is a softy at heart, however, with a fondness for traditional American musicals, so that he tends to burst into song at unlikely moments.’
    • ‘He was a softy, and would have done anything for anybody.’
    • ‘A study has shown that Carlow people are no softies when illness strikes and display much more determination when it comes to fighting their winter woes than the average Irish person.’
    coward, weakling, milksop, milquetoast, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby
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