One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person regarded as effeminate or cowardly.
coward, weakling, milksop, milquetoast, namby-pamby, crybaby, babyView synonyms
- ‘Weapons are for sissies who can't fight with bare hands.’
- ‘If we're not macho thugs, we're ineffectual sissies.’
- ‘Tom thought singing was for sissies and kept his distance, but was gradually eased in.’
- ‘Dr Tiplady, the local physician, once found me running home in tears, and told the the boys who were chasing me that I was just a big sissy.’
- ‘The only items on the menu would be chicken-fried steak and beer, and anyone who tried to order vegetables would be laughed at and called a sissy.’
- ‘No room for cissies in the Association, said they.’
- ‘Luke grinned, and started singing, ‘Gerald is a sissy.’’
- ‘Balsamic vinegar isn't just for sissies and wimps.’
- ‘I screamed like a sissy when I was trapped with all those spiders.’
- ‘Don't be a sissy, go with him, his inner voice rebuked.’
Feeble and cowardly.
cowardly, weak, feeble, spineless, effeminate, effete, limp-wristed, womanish, unmanly, softView synonyms
- ‘It seems un-British, somehow, and we don't have cissy things like that.’
- ‘Most kids are brought up to regard cricket as a sissy game, most kids never even get to play.’
- ‘They go out dancing and drive around on sissy motorbikes and see who can grow their hair the longest.’
- ‘Well, I love to hear the throaty growl of the diesel engines as they warn vans and sissy pick-ups to get out of the way.’
- ‘He deemed it necessary to make statements that conveyed the basic message that saving bunnies was wimpy, sissy stuff.’
- ‘If you're looking for a place to drink ale and not sissy drinks, come here.’
Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘sister’): from sis + -y.
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