Definition of sissy in English:


(British cissy)


  • A person regarded as effeminate or cowardly.

    ‘he would hate the other boys to think he was a sissy’
    • ‘Balsamic vinegar isn't just for sissies and wimps.’
    • ‘The only items on the menu would be chicken-fried steak and beer, and anyone who tried to order vegetables would be laughed at and called a sissy.’
    • ‘Don't be a sissy, go with him, his inner voice rebuked.’
    • ‘Dr Tiplady, the local physician, once found me running home in tears, and told the the boys who were chasing me that I was just a big sissy.’
    • ‘If we're not macho thugs, we're ineffectual sissies.’
    • ‘Weapons are for sissies who can't fight with bare hands.’
    • ‘Tom thought singing was for sissies and kept his distance, but was gradually eased in.’
    • ‘No room for cissies in the Association, said they.’
    • ‘Luke grinned, and started singing, ‘Gerald is a sissy.’’
    • ‘I screamed like a sissy when I was trapped with all those spiders.’
    coward, weakling, milksop, namby-pamby, crybaby, baby, milquetoast
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adjectivesissier, sissiest

  • Feeble and cowardly.

    • ‘He deemed it necessary to make statements that conveyed the basic message that saving bunnies was wimpy, sissy stuff.’
    • ‘It seems un-British, somehow, and we don't have cissy things like that.’
    • ‘Well, I love to hear the throaty growl of the diesel engines as they warn vans and sissy pick-ups to get out of the way.’
    • ‘They go out dancing and drive around on sissy motorbikes and see who can grow their hair the longest.’
    • ‘Most kids are brought up to regard cricket as a sissy game, most kids never even get to play.’
    • ‘If you're looking for a place to drink ale and not sissy drinks, come here.’
    cowardly, weak, feeble, spineless, effeminate, effete, limp-wristed, womanish, unmanly, soft
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Mid 19th century (in the sense ‘sister’): from sis+ -y.