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or softie

[sawf-tee, sof-] /ˈsɔf ti, ˈsɒf-/
noun, plural softies. Informal.
a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.
Origin of softy
First recorded in 1860-65; soft + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for softy
Historical Examples
  • The heap of money made a deep impression in the softy downy bed.

  • He was rich and kind, or rather as she told me "he was a softy."

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • The man who saw things neither was a softy, and no proper citizen.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • “Not so sure of that, if softy had charge of them,” said Tom.

    Paddy Finn W. H. G. Kingston
  • "It's not us as 'ud make a softy of him," she said indignantly.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • They had called him "softy," and hinted at his being tied to his mother's apron-strings.

    Bert Lloyd's Boyhood J. McDonald Oxley
  • The "softy" appeared presently, leading the horse by the bridle.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • The "softy" in his embarrassment was at a loss for an excuse for his presence.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • "But he won't be back just yet awhile," said the "softy," grinning.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3)

    M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • They stood facing each other for a moment, and then softy sprang at him.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy

    G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
Word Origin and History for softy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for softy



A person who is amiably and quickly compliant; someone easy to cajole and victimize: You are a patsy, a quick push, a big softie (1886+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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