big girl's blouse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First recorded (1969) in the television sitcom Nearest and Dearest, used by the character Nellie Pledge (played by comedienne Hylda Baker). It has been suggested that Baker had previously used this expression in her stage act.

Noun[edit]

big girl's blouse (plural big girl's blouses or big girls' blouses)

  1. (informal, sometimes derogatory) An effeminate or weak man, a sissy.
    • 2002, Marie Claire, June 2002 question to David Beckham [1]
      You can see why people might think you’re a bit of a big girl’s blouse, because you have manicures, sunbeds and bleach your hair.