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See also: scaredy cat
scaredy-cat (plural scaredy-cats)
- A coward; a person who is easily frightened or high-strung and easily scared.
- 1918, Florence Kiper Frank, “The Child and the Little Sister”, in The Midland, volume 4, page 61:
- I don't care — I wouldn't be such a scaredy-cat for anything.
- 1933, Dorothy Parker, The Waltz:
- Oh, yes, do let's dance together—it's so nice to meet a man who isn't a scaredy-cat about catching my beri-beri.