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

Examples of sissy in a Sentence

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 Nikki has bikes for two personalities—a cream-and-green-colored ’86 Heritage with an FLH front end and knucklebars; and an ’89 Springer Softail with a tiny tank, ape-hangers, a sissy-bar, and turned-up pipes, painted white with flames. Dean Kuipers, SPIN, 8 Jan. 2023 Her little sister’s third birthday, then my 27th birthday, our Christmas Eve tradition, the first time in seven years of not seeing or hearing the excitement opening gifts from Santa and sissy. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 8 Dec. 2022 Phil immediately spots Peter as being way too soft, a sissy boy, and hazes him ruthlessly. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 2 Sep. 2021 Real Housewives, like old age in the Betty Davis adage, is not for sissies and Sutton is more of a sissy than me at 6 years old going as Truman Capote for Halloween. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 2 June 2021 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, 16 Mar. 2018 They are told not to cry because crying is for sissies. Monique Judge, The Root, 10 Jan. 2018 Giving birth isn’t for sissies, after all—and some mothers go to extremes raising their offspring. National Geographic, 13 May 2017 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sissy was in 1879

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“Sissy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


sis·​sy ˈsis-ē How to pronounce sissy (audio)
plural sissies
: a man or boy who appears feminine or behaves in a feminine manner
: a fearful or cowardly person
sissy adjective

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