Informal. a weak, effeminate man; sissy.
formerly, a child's undergarment consisting of short pants and a shirt that buttoned together at the waist.


weak; fainthearted.
Informal. childish.

Nearby words

  1. pantun,
  2. panty,
  3. panty girdle,
  4. panty raid,
  5. pantyhose,
  6. panufnik,
  7. panurge,
  8. panza,
  9. panzer,
  10. panzer division

Origin of pantywaist

First recorded in 1925–30; panty + waist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pantywaist

  • Drop over to our camp sometime for a little drink, and a little game, eh, pantywaist?

    Asteroid of Fear|Raymond Zinke Gallun

British Dictionary definitions for pantywaist



a child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist
US informal a man or boy considered as childish, lacking in courage, etc

Word Origin for pantywaist

C20: from panties + waist

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Word Origin and History for pantywaist



"weak or effeminate male," 1936, from a type of child's garment with short pants that buttoned to the waist of a shirt; see panties + waist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper