Meaning of sissy


Sissy is a derogatory name for someone, especially a man or boy, who seems weak or cowardly, or who acts in a stereotypically feminine way.

People who call others sissies aren’t just insulting the so-called sissy. They’re also implying that there is something weak and fearful about being a girl or a woman — it’s the same as telling a boy, “You throw like a girl.” It’s unkind and also inaccurate. Sissy comes from sister, and its earliest use to mean “effeminate man” was in the late 1800s.

Definitions of sissy
  1. noun

    a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive


    Milquetoast, milksop, pansy, pantywaist

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    type of:


    a person who shows fear or timidity

  2. adjective

    having unsuitable feminine qualities


    cissy, effeminate, emasculate, epicene, sissified, sissyish

    unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly

    not possessing qualities befitting a man

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