sis·​sy | \ ˈsi-sē How to pronounce sissy (audio) \
plural sissies

Definition of sissy

informal + disparaging
: an effeminate man or boy also : a timid, weak, or cowardly person I would have to go at Walter with the violence necessary to make it a good fight or be thought a sissy by my friends. — Russell Baker

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sissy adjective
Back in the day, the brothers were saying, "Golf? I'm not playing no golf. I'm going to play basketball, football. Golf is a sissy sport." — Stuart Scott Although the civilian model offers sissy comforts like climate control and padded seats, the Hummer meets the same Army specifications as its battle-scarred forebear. — Amy Gamerman

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The other kids laughed at him and called him a sissy because he didn't like sports. the candidate touts his wartime service as evidence that he is not a sissy
Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who has walked the streets of Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach knows that Florida Man doesn’t wear no sissy mask. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Florida Man Leads His State to the Morgue," 17 June 2020 Those guys who were called sissies throughout their youth? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 This will not be a league for pantywaists or sissies. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The XFL Goes PG," 6 Dec. 2018 Gay guys may find themselves with the freedom to indulge the tastes that once would have gotten them called sissies, but no one is entirely sui generis in their style nor exempt from expectations of dating and the workplace. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "How Queer Is Queer Eye?," 15 June 2018 There's this emphasis placed on gay people being well groomed and into high fashion, having high voices and being weak or sissies. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "Gay teens are more than flamboyant sidekicks or tragic victims. 'Love, Simon' | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 After the tour, the sissies enjoy a light lunch of salads, fries, and water in Champagne glasses. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," 5 Mar. 2018 They are told not to cry because crying is for sissies. Monique Judge, The Root, "Nipsey Hussle, Homophobia and Toxic Black Masculinity," 10 Jan. 2018 Trump, on the other hand, thinks diplomacy is for sissies, and is open to ripping up the Iran deal (which practically guarantees that there won’t be a future deal with North Korea). Trudy Rubin,, "Tillerson is toast. So is U.S. diplomacy.," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sissy

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Sissy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sissy

informal + disapproving
: a boy who is weak or who likes things that girls usually like
: a person who is weak and fearful


sis·​sy | \ ˈsi-sē How to pronounce sissy (audio) \
plural sissies

Kids Definition of sissy

: a fearful or cowardly person

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