softy

or soft·ie

[ sawf-tee, sof- ]
/ ˈsɔf ti, ˈsɒf- /

noun, plural soft·ies. Informal.

a person easily stirred to sentiment or tender emotion.
a person who lacks stamina or endurance.
a person who lacks strength of character; a silly or foolish person.

Nearby words

  1. softs,
  2. software,
  3. software house,
  4. software platform,
  5. softwood,
  6. sog,
  7. sogat,
  8. sogdian,
  9. sogdiana,
  10. soggy

Origin of softy

First recorded in 1860–65; soft + -y2

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Word Origin and History for softy

softy

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper