- 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.
Origin of pantywaist
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Related Words for pantywaistmilksop, coward, wimp, namby-pamby, baby, chicken, weakling, pansy, wuss, fraidy-cat, wussy
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Historical Examples of pantywaist
Drop over to our camp sometime for a little drink, and a little game, eh, pantywaist?Asteroid of Fear
Raymond Zinke Gallun
- 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
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