patsy

noun pat·sy \ ˈpat-sē \

Definition of patsy

plural patsies
: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

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Origin and Etymology of patsy

perhaps from Italian pazzo fool


PATSY Defined for English Language Learners

patsy

noun

Definition of patsy for English Language Learners

  • : a foolish person who is easily tricked or cheated


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