- a person who is easily swindled, deceived, coerced, persuaded, etc.; sucker.
- a person upon whom the blame for something falls; scapegoat; fall guy.
- a person who is the object of a joke, ridicule, or the like.
Origin of patsy
Related Words for patsydoormat, fool, scapegoat, stooge, sucker, pushover, gull, schmuck, dupe, victim, chump, boob, sap, weakling, goat, pigeon
Examples from the Web for patsy
Contemporary Examples of patsy
Patsy McGarry is the Religious Affairs Correspondent for The Irish Times.Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror Goes Beyond Tuam’s Dead Infants
June 6, 2014
Matt Bevin is a Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite who sees the five-term senator as a patsy and a squish.The Republican Party Isn’t Conservative Enough
August 5, 2013
Patsy went right to the phone to line up a wedding photographer.
“Mom, you ought to write to Senator Helms about Mark,” Patsy Clarke quotes Judy as saying.
Patsy Cline singing the devastating “I Fall to Pieces” before dying in a plane crash at the age of 30.The Mindy McCready I Knew
February 19, 2013
Historical Examples of patsy
He was about to kill me with Patsy's hunting-knife when—when—when I shot him.
Patsy opened her eyes and found herself in a room full of dogs.
A woman ran out of the lodge, screaming "Patsy, Patsy; where are you, Patsy?"Mary Gray
My only sister was Patsy and she was borned after slavery and died at Wagoner, Oklahoma.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
And Patsy saw him and heard him, for she was awake then, and far into the night.The heart of happy hollow
Paul Laurence Dunbar
- a person who is easily cheated, victimized, etc
- a scapegoat
Word Origin for patsy
"fall guy, victim of a deception," 1903, of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Italian pazzo "madman" (see patch (n.2)), or south Italian dialectal paccio "fool." Another theory traces it to Patsy Bolivar, character created by Billy B. Van in an 1890s vaudeville skit who was blamed whenever anything went wrong.
"Poor Rogers," Vincent said, still smiling, "he is always the 'Patsy Bolivar' of the school."
"Yes," Frank answered, "if there are any mistakes to be made or trouble to fall into, Rogers seems to be always the victim." ["Anthony Yorke," "A College Boy," 1899]