Definition of fraidy cat in US English:

fraidy cat


  • A child's term for a timid or fearful person, often used as a taunt when addressed to another child.

    • ‘They can say I'm bad, say I'm crazy but they can't say I'm a fraidy cat.’
    • ‘You could probably make the argument that she was a brave gallerist, exhibiting artists and art that other galleries were too fraidy cat to exhibit themselves, but then again maybe not.’
    • ‘While it makes sense not to be fraidy cats, you should also keep in mind that there are pitfalls of not acknowledging potential dangers.’
    • ‘‘I'm just being a fraidy cat again,’ she confessed softly.’
    • ‘He was still very much a fraidy cat though and if anyone came to the door he disappeared very quickly.’


fraidy cat

/ˈfrādē ˌkat/