: an unduly fearful person

Examples of scaredy-cat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two scaredy-cats walk into Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights — and leave with a spooky new obsession. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 5 Sep. 2023

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Word History


scared (past participle of scare) + -y entry 1 + cat

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scaredy-cat was in 1904

Dictionary Entries Near scaredy-cat

Cite this Entry

“Scaredy-cat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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