noun Etymology: scared (past participle of scare) + 1-y + cat Date: 1948 an unduly fearful person

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  • scaredy-cat — [sker′dē kat΄] n. Slang a person who is unreasonably afraid …   English World dictionary

  • Scaredy Cat — Infobox Hollywood cartoon cartoon name = Scaredy Cat series = Merrie Melodies (Sylvester the cat and Porky Pig) caption = The title card of Scaredy Cat . director = Charles M. Jones story artist = Michael Maltese animator = Lloyd Vaughan Ken… …   Wikipedia

  • scaredy-cat — UK [ˈskeə(r)dɪˌ kæt] / US [ˈskerdɪ ˌkæt] noun [countable] Word forms scaredy cat : singular scaredy cat plural scaredy cats British informal someone who easily becomes frightened. This word is used mainly by children Don t be such a scaredy cat! …   English dictionary

  • scaredy-cat — • fraidy cat • fraid cat • scaredy cat • scared cat noun informal A shy person; someone who is easily frightened. Usually used by or to children. Tom was a fraidy cat and wouldn t go in the water …   Словарь американских идиом

  • scaredy-cat —    A taunt used by children to a child who will not accept a dare. In The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence, a child touches the face of a dead baby, then dares her friends to do the same. When they refuse to do so she calls them scaredy cats.… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • scaredy cat — a person who is afraid, a coward, fraidy cat    The girls will say scaredy cat if I don t go in the water …   English idioms

  • scaredy-cat — or[scared cat] See: FRAIDY CAT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • scaredy-cat — or[scared cat] See: FRAIDY CAT …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • scaredy cat — Synonyms and related words: Milquetoast, baby, big baby, chicken, chicken liver, coward, fraid cat, fraidy cat, funk, funker, invertebrate, jellyfish, lily liver, milksop, mouse, sissy, weak sister, weakling, white feather, white liver …   Moby Thesaurus

  • scaredy-cat — /skair dee kat /, n. Informal. fraidy cat. [1930 35; SCARED + Y2] * * * …   Universalium

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