sissy

[ sis-ee ]
/ ˈsɪs i /
Informal.

noun, plural sis·sies.

Disparaging and Offensive. an effeminate boy or man.
a timid or cowardly person.
a sister, especially a younger sister.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of a sissy.

Nearby words

  1. sisseton,
  2. sissified,
  3. sissify,
  4. sissinghurst castle,
  5. sissonne,
  6. sissy bar,
  7. sist,
  8. sister,
  9. sister carrie,
  10. sister joseph's nodule

Origin of sissy

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; sis + -y2

Related formssis·sy·ish, adjectivesis·si·ness, sis·sy·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for sissy

sissy

cissy

/ (ˈsɪsɪ) /

noun plural -sies

an effeminate, weak, or cowardly boy or man

adjective

effeminate, weak, or cowardlyAlso (informal or dialect): sissified, cissified
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Word Origin and History for sissy

sissy

n.

1846, "sister," extended form of sis (q.v.). Meaning "effeminate man" is recorded from 1887; the adjective in this sense is from 1891. Related: Sissiness. Sissy bar is recorded from 1969.

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