fraidy-cat

[ frey-dee-kat ]
/ ˈfreɪ diˌkæt /

noun Informal.

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

Nearby words

  1. fragrancy,
  2. fragrant,
  3. fragrant orchid,
  4. fragrant sumac,
  5. fragrantly,
  6. frail,
  7. frailero,
  8. frailty,
  9. frailty, thy name is woman!,
  10. fraise

Origin of fraidy-cat

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

Also called scaredy-cat.

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


Word Origin and History for fraidy-cat

fraidy-cat

n.

"coward," by 1871, American English slang, from 'fraid, childish or dialectal (African, West Indies) pronunciation of afraid (by 1816), + cat.

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