fraidy-cat

fraidy-cat "coward," by 1871, Amer.Eng. slang, from 'fraid, childish or dialectal (African, W.Indies) pronunciation of AFRAID (Cf. afraid) (by 1816), + CAT (Cf. cat).

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  • Fraidy Cat — (also known as scaredy cat) is a slang term for a person who is very skittish or fearful. Fraidy Cat may refer to: * Fraidy Cat (film), a 1942 Tom and Jerry cartoon short * Fraidy Cat ( Garfield and Friends ), a 1988 episode of Garfield and… …   Wikipedia

  • fraidy-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

  • fraidy-cat — [frā′dē kat΄] n. [< AFRAID + CAT1] Informal a person easily frightened: a child s term …   English World dictionary

  • Fraidy Cat — Кот трусишка англ. Fraidy Cat …   Википедия

  • fraidy cat — a child who is afraid to jump etc., chicken    Fraidy cat, fraidy cat! the boys shouted. Ali s afraid to jump! …   English idioms

  • fraidy cat — [“fredi...] n. a coward; a person who is frightened of everything. (Used in children’s taunts.) □ Don’t be a fraidy cat. Go ahead, jump! □ Carl is such a fraidy cat …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fraidy-cat — or[fraid cat] or[scaredy cat] or[scared cat] {n.}, {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./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fraidy-cat — or[fraid cat] or[scaredy cat] or[scared cat] {n.}, {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./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fraidy-cat — /fray dee kat /, n. Informal. a timid, easily frightened person: often used by children. Also called scaredy cat. [1905 10; fraid (aph. form of AFRAID) + Y1] * * * /ˈfreıdiˌkæt/ noun, pl cats [count] US informal : ↑scaredy cat used mainly by… …   Useful english dictionary

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

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