fraidy-cat

[ frey-dee-kat ]
/ ˈfreɪ diˌkæt /

noun Informal.

a timid, easily frightened person: often used by children.

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Also called scaredy-cat.

Origin of fraidy-cat

1905–10; fraid (aphetic form of afraid) + -y1
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