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

  • noun A child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist.
  • noun Slang A boy or man who is considered weak or effeminate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective informal, dated, especially of a male person Weak, timid, effeminate, ineffectual.
  • noun informal, dated A children's undergarment composed, in part, of panties attached to a waistband.
  • noun pejorative, dated An ineffectual, weak, or timid person, especially a boy or young man; a sissy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive


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  • "A garment, usually for children, consisting of panties attached to a waist or bodice. Now rare."

    I should hope so.

    Also, "a weak or cowardly person."

    February 5, 2007