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softie

[sawf-tee, sof-]
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noun
  1. softy.

softy

or soft·ie

[sawf-tee, sof-]
noun, plural soft·ies. Informal.
  1. a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
  2. a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
  3. a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.

Origin of softy

First recorded in 1860–65; soft + -y2
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  • He is a kind of softie—all alive on one side of his brain, and a noodle on the other.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • After that we dropped the 'Softie,' and re-named him 'Amen-who-shied-that-boot?'

  • "You know well enough that Merriwell is no softie," returned Harry, rather warmly.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale

    Burt L. Standish


British Dictionary definitions for softie

softie

softy

noun plural softies
  1. informal a person who is sentimental, weakly foolish, or lacking in physical endurance
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Word Origin and History for softie

softy

n.

also softie, 1863, "silly person," from soft (adj.) + -y (3). Meaning "soft-hearted person" is from 1886; that of "weak, unmanly or effeminate man" is from 1895. The Mister Softee soft ice-cream operation began in Philadelphia, U.S., in 1956.

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