Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A timid or fearful person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A coward.

Etymologies

Shortening of afraid + -y1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Sorry, no example sentences found.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Fraidy cat, from afraid + cat, (also known as scaredy cat) is a slang term for a person who is very skittish or fearful.

    February 4, 2008