noun, plural pat·sies. Slang.
- patter song,
- pattern bargaining
Origin of patsy
Examples from the Web for 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|Patsy McGarry|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Matt Bevin is a Louisville businessman and Tea Party favorite who sees the five-term senator as a patsy and a squish.
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 Princess did not further embarrass Patsy by prolonging her inspection.
It would be new, of course, but Patsy had been carefully taught.
“Patsy Jones,” she returned, glibly; his quest for her name could not be disregarded.Joan of Arc of the North Woods|Holman Day
I'd like to see those two as your eyes in front of your mind saw them, Patsy.Wild Youth, Volume Complete|Gilbert Parker
Patsy made a furious blow with a swift fist, but the peacemakers bucked against his body suddenly like football players.The Open Boat and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
noun plural -sies slang, mainly US and Canadian
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]