a male given name, form of Patrick.
a female given name, form of Patricia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for patsys

Historical Examples of patsys

  • Suddenly, something flew from the window and dropped at Patsys feet.

    The Search Party

    G. A. Birmingham

  • He held the revolver within a couple of inches of Patsys head.

    The Search Party

    G. A. Birmingham

  • Her mother soothed Patsys feelings as well as she could and counseled patience.

    Old Times in Dixie Land

    Caroline E. Merrick

  • That was pure kindness of heart on Patsys part, and you didnt so much as say thank you.

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    G. A. Birmingham

  • Patsys report had been, however, not quite correct, and she was but a moment behind the others.

British Dictionary definitions for patsys


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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Word Origin and History for patsys



"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]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper