Definition of sissy in English:


Syllabification: sis·sy
Pronunciation: /ˈsisē

noun (plural sissies)

A person regarded as effeminate or cowardly.
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  • Balsamic vinegar isn't just for sissies and wimps.
  • The only items on the menu would be chicken-fried steak and beer, and anyone who tried to order vegetables would be laughed at and called a sissy.
  • Don't be a sissy, go with him, his inner voice rebuked.

adjective (sissier, sissiest)

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Feeble and cowardly.
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  • He deemed it necessary to make statements that conveyed the basic message that saving bunnies was wimpy, sissy stuff.
  • It seems un-British, somehow, and we don't have cissy things like that.
  • Well, I love to hear the throaty growl of the diesel engines as they warn vans and sissy pick-ups to get out of the way.
effeminate, effete, unmanly


mid 19th century (in the sense 'sister'): from sis1 + -y2.



Pronunciation: /ˈsisəˌfīd/
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  • By the close of the nineteenth century, a recognizably masculine ideal had emerged in contradistinction to effeminate or sissified males.
  • He has a soft sissified manner and voice.
  • High jump, already sissified by the use of an airbed to land on instead of the traditional sandpit, will be banned altogether.


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  • His fans insisted that his naturalism and his underplaying refuted any residual sissiness that might be associated with acting.
  • It is sissiness that frightens, enrages and offends the men.
  • I sat down with the only female recruiter in the office, in the hopes that she'd be less inclined to perceive my general sissiness than her male counterparts.


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  • For him, all that dancing was a sissyish waste of calories.
  • Their style was meant to symbolize tough, patriotic, working-class attitudes in contrast to the supposedly sissyish, pacifist, middle-class views of the hippies.
  • Born in Ohio, he had an uneven boyhood, curiously dyslexic yet smart, sissyish in team sports but very competent athletically in individual competition.

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