Dictionary.com

pantywaist

[ pan-tee-weyst ]
/ ˈpæn tiˌweɪst /
Save This Word!

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.

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE MANY TYPES OF NOUNS

They're everywhere you turn, but can you identify the 10 types of nouns easily? This quiz will test your mettle against singular, plural, concrete, abstract, common, proper, collective, compound, countable, and uncountable nouns!
Question 1 of 7
Shoelaces, rainbow, toothpaste, and haircuts are all what type of noun?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of pantywaist

First recorded in 1925–30; panty + waist

Words nearby pantywaist

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

Example sentences 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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
See Today's Synonym