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

Origin of pantywaist

First recorded in 1925–30; panty + waist

Synonyms for pantywaist

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Related Words for pantywaist

milksop, coward, wimp, namby-pamby, baby, chicken, weakling, pansy, wuss, fraidy-cat, wussy

Examples from the Web for pantywaist

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

British Dictionary definitions for pantywaist


  1. a child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist
  2. 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