- soften up,
- softening of the brain,
noun, plural soft·ies. Informal.
Origin of softy
Examples from the Web for softie
It made him sound like a softie, he said, a mischaracterization that he wanted to correct.
After that we dropped the 'Softie,' and re-named him 'Amen-who-shied-that-boot?'Cornish Saints and Sinners|J. Henry Harris
"You know well enough that Merriwell is no softie," returned Harry, rather warmly.Frank Merriwell at Yale|Burt L. Standish
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
noun plural softies
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.