Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A timid or fearful person.

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  • noun childish A coward.

Etymologies

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

[Shortening of afraid + –y.]

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  • 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