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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. 2017.
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  • It went fair between the ribs, and Buckskin fell back dead, with softy on the top of him.

    Redskin and Cow-Boy G. A. (George Alfred) Henty
  • The heap of money made a deep impression in the softy downy bed.

  • The constable looked into the room, and watched the "softy" groping for his garments in the moonlight.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • He was rich and kind, or rather as she told me "he was a softy."

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Repressing her rebellious emotions, Lady Isabel glided partly down the staircase, and softy called to the butler.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • The "softy" appeared presently, leading the horse by the bridle.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. II (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • He gave it to you because he was a softy and went to bits when you played off the sick kid on him.

    The Shewing-up of Blanco Posnet George Bernard Shaw
  • "But he won't be back just yet awhile," said the "softy," grinning.

    Aurora Floyd, Vol. III (of 3) M. E. (Mary Elizabeth) Braddon
  • Mr. Grimstone had, as I have said, already made himself acquainted with all the haunts affected by the "softy."

    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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