patsy

[ pat-see ]
/ ˈpæt si /

noun, plural pat·sies.Slang.

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.

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Origin of patsy

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; origin uncertain

Definition for patsy (2 of 2)

Patsy
[ pat-see ]
/ ˈpæt si /

noun

a male given name, form of Patrick.
a female given name, form of Patricia.
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British Dictionary definitions for patsy

patsy
/ (ˈpætsɪ) /

noun plural -sies slang, mainly US and Canadian

a person who is easily cheated, victimized, etc
a scapegoat

Word Origin for patsy

C20: of unknown origin
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