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Words nearby scaredy-cat
What does scaredy-cat mean?
A scaredy-cat is a person who is easily frightened.
Scaredy-cat is very informal and is most often used by children. It is synonymous with fraidy-cat.
Example: He won’t go into the haunted house because he’s a scaredy-cat.
Where does scaredy-cat come from?
The first records of scaredy-cat come from the 1930s. It is a combination of scared, the adjective version of the verb scare, and the suffix -y, which is used to make adjectives. (Of course, scared is already an adjective, so adding a –y to it is unusual, but not unheard of—the same thing happens in the word raggedy). The word scaredy can be used by itself, but this is very uncommon. The synonym fraidy-cat is recorded earlier, in the early 1900s, and is based on a shortening of the word afraid. Both terms probably use the word cat because cats are known for being easily startled.
Scaredy-cat is mostly used by children as an insult or a playful tease, but it is also used by adults, especially when trying to be a bit funny by using a childish word. Scaredy-cat can be applied to someone who is afraid to do something or to someone who is generally timid or cowardly. Most commonly, it is used when trying to pressure someone to do something that they’re afraid of, as in Don’t be such a scaredy-cat—just climb this really steep cliff with us so we can explore that pitch black cave that’s infested with spiders and probably haunted!
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How is scaredy-cat used in real life?
Scaredy-cat is used as an insult, but it’s usually a lighthearted one.
Kim is such a scaredy-cat! Now we know where Saint gets it from #KUWTK
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) September 16, 2019
I’m finally watching @JordanPeele’s Us. I got really scared of the commercial so opted out (yes, I’m a big scaredy-cat. My own stories have scared me!). I’m at the gym, on the treadmill, around a lot of exercising people, it’s bright, it should be ok…let’s see how this goes. 😬
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) December 28, 2019
That moment you find the biggest cockroach in the world in your house and your wife has to find out how much of a scaredy-cat you are.
— gawvi (@GAWVI) June 25, 2015
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Which of the following words would NOT be used to describe a scaredy-cat?
Example sentences from the Web for scaredy-cat
We did a movie down in Durango — Great Scout and Cat House Thursday.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Alastair Sim had jowls like melting candle wax, a snarl like a cornered cat and eyes cold with contempt.
We coo over how cute our cat is and minimize the drudgery of cleaning the litter box.
So Western governments are caught in a cat-and-mouse game and at times it is unclear who is the cat and who the mouse.
The sort of thing where someone write “I love my cat more than my kids” or something like that.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A lateen sail was visible in the direction of Cat Island, and others to the south seemed almost motionless in the far distance.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
And if he was worried about Farmer Green's cat, why didn't he dig a hole for himself at once, and get out of harm's way?
The cat had been about to spring at Grandfather Mole again when Mr. Crow spoke to her.
At that Farmer Green's cat began to run up and down between the rows of vegetables.
Farmer Green's cat had never liked Mr. Crow, for no particular reason.