Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

patsy

play
noun pat·sy \ˈpat-sē\

Simple Definition of patsy

  • : a foolish person who is easily tricked or cheated

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of patsy

plural patsies

  1. :  a person who is easily manipulated or victimized :  pushover

Examples of patsy in a sentence

  1. They treated us like a bunch of patsies.

  2. <an Internet newbie who's the perfect patsy for a cyber scam>



Origin of patsy

perhaps from Italian pazzo fool


First Known Use: 1903


Learn More about patsy


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up patsy? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to eat gluttonously or ravenously

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1926873504

Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?

tetchy flashy gregarious superficial
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ