scaredy-cat

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. Margaret Laurence is a Canadian author, but ‘scaredy-cat’ could be heard in an English playground, along with: cowardy, cowardy custard; yellow-belly; eggy (i.e. ‘yellow’); yolky; scare-baby; windy; funk; funk-pot; feardy gowk. The last of these is a Scottish term; the others are regional and are part of playground tradition. They are dealt with by the Opies in The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren.

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

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  • 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 — noun Etymology: scared (past participle of scare) + 1 y + cat Date: 1948 an unduly fearful person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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