- Disparaging and Offensive. an effeminate boy or man.
- a timid or cowardly person.
- a sister, especially a younger sister.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a sissy.
Origin of sissy
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Examples from the Web for sissy
People were falling down behind the monitor because we had no idea how Sissy was going to react.The Help: An Oral History with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Co.
January 12, 2012
Like Nina, Sissy is desperate to make a human connection and find feeling in her life.
She wanted the role quite desperately, and it reminded me of Sissy, so I offered her the role on the spot.
Mulligan says she found a contemporary version of Nina in Sissy.
Sissy, his sister, is just as damaged but seeks closeness—albeit in warped ways.
They all crowd round Sissy, take off her bonnet, kiss and hug her.The Universal Reciter
"Mine won't be like that: mine will be very short," Sissy said.
I should like it best if I could just write 'Sissy' and nothing else, as I do at the end of my letters.
If this place is good enough for me, I reckon it's good enough for a blasted Sissy of your description!Peak and Prairie
"Take off your curls and come on in, Sissy," shouted one of the swimmers.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man
- effeminate, weak, or cowardlyAlso (informal or dialect): sissified, cissified
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Word Origin and History for sissy
1846, "sister," extended form of sis (q.v.). Meaning "effeminate man" is recorded from 1887; the adjective in this sense is from 1891. Related: Sissiness. Sissy bar is recorded from 1969.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper