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definition of the word pantywaist

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pantywaist (not comparable)

Positive
pantywaist

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (informal, dated, especially of a male person) Weak, timid, effeminate, ineffectual.
    His rough, burly father was mortified by the lad's pantywaist behavior.

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pantywaist

Plural
pantywaists

pantywaist (plural pantywaists)

  1. (informal, dated) A children's undergarment composed, in part, of panties attached to a waistband.
    • 1929, "The Altman Sale of Children's Underwear" (display advertisement), The New York Times, 28 Apr, p. 16.
      Lace trimmed panty waists—50 cents.
  2. (pejorative, dated) An ineffectual, weak, or timid person, especially a boy or young man; a sissy.
    • 1943, Hal Borland, "'Baedekers' for Our Fighters: So you're going abroad, says Uncle Sam," The New York Times, 24 Jan, p. SM14.
      Don't be misled by the British tendency to be soft-spoken and polite. The English language didn't spread across the oceans and over the mountains and jungles and swamps because these people were pantywaists.

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