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pantywaist

[ pan-tee-weyst ]
/ ˈpæn tiˌweɪst /
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noun
Informal. a weak, effeminate man; sissy.
formerly, a child's undergarment consisting of short pants and a shirt that buttoned together at the waist.
adjective
weak; fainthearted.
Informal. childish.
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Origin of pantywaist

First recorded in 1925–30; panty + waist

Words nearby pantywaist

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How to use pantywaist in a sentence

  • 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

pantywaist
/ (ˈpæntɪˌweɪst) /

noun
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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