Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

pantywaist

[pan-tee-weyst]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. Informal. a weak, effeminate man; sissy.
  2. formerly, a child's undergarment consisting of short pants and a shirt that buttoned together at the waist.
Show More
adjective
  1. weak; fainthearted.
  2. Informal. childish.
Show More

Origin of pantywaist

First recorded in 1925–30; panty + waist

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
1. weakling, milksop, namby-pamby.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pantywaist

Historical Examples

  • Drop over to our camp sometime for a little drink, and a little game, eh, pantywaist?

    Asteroid of Fear

    Raymond Zinke Gallun


British Dictionary definitions for pantywaist

pantywaist

noun
  1. a child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist
  2. US informal a man or boy considered as childish, lacking in courage, etc
Show More

Word Origin

C20: from panties + waist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pantywaist

n.

"weak or effeminate male," 1936, from a type of child's garment with short pants that buttoned to the waist of a shirt; see panties + waist.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper