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What Is a Pantywaist Person?

FAQs Jackson Bowman September 13, 2022

What does pantywaist really mean?

1 : a child’s garment consisting of shorts buttoned to the waist. 2 : Wimp.

Why is pantywaist an insult?

You can use the word pantywaist to talk about an ineffective, weak person – especially a man – although it’s not very nice and is likely to hurt his feelings.

Where did pantywaist come from?

It is applied to men almost everywhere. This offensive definition of “pantywaist” (sometimes hyphenated as “panty-waist”, sometimes rendered “panty waist”) first appeared in the 1930s, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, some twenty years later first mention of the garment itself.

What does it mean to describe someone as milquetoast?

: a shy, mild-mannered, or unassertive person.

Is it Pantywaste or pantywaist?

When someone is called a pantywaist, they are dismissed as weak or shy. The term refers to a baby garment that snapped at the waist, popular in the early 20th century. Some people misinterpret the term as pantywaste, but linguists jokingly call it egg corn.

What is the word poltroon mean?

Definition of Poltroon

(Entry 1 of 2) : a mindless coward : coward. Poltroon. adjective.

What is the origin of the word hoosegow?

noun. US a slang word for prison. origin of the word. C20: from Mexican Spanish jusgado prison, from Spanish: court, from juzgar to judge, from Latin judicāre, from judex a judge; compare pitcher.

What does Sissy mean in America?

sissy in American English

(ˈsɪsi) (noun plural -sies) noun. a female boy or male. a shy or cowardly person.

References:

  1. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantywaist
  2. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/pantywaist
  3. https://www.cjr.org/language_corner/sissy_talk.php
  4. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/milquetoast
  5. https://www.waywordradio.org/pantywaist/
  6. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poltroon
  7. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/hoosegow
  8. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/sissy

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