\ ˈsȯf-tē How to pronounce softy (audio) \
variants: or softie
plural softies

Definition of softy

1 : a weak or foolish person
2 : a softhearted or sentimental person

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Examples of softy in a Sentence

a softy who usually needs someone else's strong hands to open bottles and jars
Recent Examples on the Web But after about a week in close quarters with the babies, the deep-down systems start to awaken, and the former cannibal begins to act like a softy around the pups. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The New Science of Motherhood," 22 Apr. 2021 There’s the hotshot surgeon (Rory Kinnear) who does a lot of very fast amputations, the kooky dentist who is attempting to invent anesthesia and the softy psychiatrist with a seriously inconvenient crush. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 27 Feb. 2020 From a stop, the engine isn't exactly a softy, but the real neck bending starts at 3000 rpm. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Testing Porsche's New 911 in Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 Four kids create a gaming empire with the help of an anger-prone (but ultimately a big softy) famous rapper. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "What Show Should You Binge-Watch, Based on Your Horoscope?," 8 Jan. 2018 Then, Embiid went on to say Whiteside only cares about his stats and not the success of his team - and called him a #softy. Alysha Tsuji, USA TODAY, "Embiid and Whiteside had hilarious fight on social media," 14 Oct. 2017 Bryce presents himself as a rough-around-the-edges softy, marrying no-nonsense fortitude with a big heart. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Can a Kentuckian fighter pilot and a mustachioed ironworker obliterate Democrats’ effete reputation?," 8 Aug. 2017 And many considered Marion, not Marine, to be the true future of the far-right, even though Marine was far from a softy., "Another Le Pen bites the dust?," 9 May 2017 There, in their cramped apartment, mother and daughter coax out Michelle’s inner softy, who, unsurprisingly, is nowhere near as fun as her outer meanie. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Movie Review: ‘The Boss’," 7 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of softy

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for softy

soft entry 1

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24 Apr 2021

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“Softy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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