pantywaist (n.) "weak or effeminate male," 1936, from a type of child's garment with short pants that buttoned to the waist of a shirt; see PANTIES (Cf. panties) + WAIST (Cf. waist).

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  • pantywaist — ☆ pantywaist [pan′tē wāst΄ ] n. 1. Historical a child s two piece undergarment that buttoned together at the waist 2. Slang a man or youth considered as like a child in lacking strength, courage, etc.; sissy …   English World dictionary

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  • pantywaist — n A weak, indecisive person. Gordon is such a pantywaist he does everything his girlfriend tells him. 1890s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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  • pantywaist — Synonyms and related words: Lord Fauntleroy, Milquetoast, Percy, baby, big baby, chicken, cream puff, crybaby, doormat, dull tool, effeminate, goody goody, gutless wonder, invertebrate, jellyfish, lightweight, lily, meek soul, milksop,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pantywaist — (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. sissy, *wimp, *wuss, *wussy, crybaby …   English dictionary for students

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