\ 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 Being an old softy, Gracie agrees, but Angus can see through this scheme. Washington Post, 10 May 2022 Who's more of the disciplinarian and who's more of the softy? Lacey Vorrasi-banis,, 28 Mar. 2022 That’s the point these vets are making — holistic support of the military includes some social safety nets that hard-right America sees as squishy, softy socialism. Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2021 The goal was a softy, ex-Sharks tender Martin Jones (who was briefly Bruins property in 2015) failing to cover the short-side post., 30 Sep. 2021 In terms of sort of being a softy, is there one song that surprised you the most on the album? Steve Baltin, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Behind the rugged and tough trim names and its legitimate off-road chops, Ford's reimagined Bronco is an approachable and refined softy—particularly on the road, where all but the most committed trail hands will be driving them most of the time. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, 28 June 2021 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, 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, 27 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Softy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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