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[sawf-tee, sof-]
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or soft·ie

[sawf-tee, sof-]
noun, plural soft·ies. Informal.
  1. a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
  2. a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
  3. a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.
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Origin of softy

First recorded in 1860–65; soft + -y2
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Related Words for softie

cordial, good-humored, amiable, even-tempered, friendly, gracious, good-hearted, innocuous, simple, naive, powerless, gentle, innocent, inoffensive, painless, nontoxic, fool, turkey, laughingstock, target

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Historical Examples of softie

  • He is a kind of softie—all alive on one side of his brain, and a noodle on the other.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • After that we dropped the 'Softie,' and re-named him 'Amen-who-shied-that-boot?'

  • "You know well enough that Merriwell is no softie," returned Harry, rather warmly.

    Frank Merriwell at Yale

    Burt L. Standish

British Dictionary definitions for softie



noun plural softies
  1. informal a person who is sentimental, weakly foolish, or lacking in physical endurance
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Word Origin and History for softie



also softie, 1863, "silly person," from soft (adj.) + -y (3). Meaning "soft-hearted person" is from 1886; that of "weak, unmanly or effeminate man" is from 1895. The Mister Softee soft ice-cream operation began in Philadelphia, U.S., in 1956.

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