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See also: Sissy



Etymology 1[edit]

From sis +‎ -y.


sissy (plural sissies)

  1. (derogatory, colloquial) An effeminate boy or man.
  2. (derogatory, colloquial) A timid, unassertive or cowardly person.
    • 1963, Robert Smith, Pro Football: The History of the Game and the Great Players (page 144)
      This was all part of football and if any man was such a sissy he could not stand it, then he had better seek the sidelines.
  3. (BDSM) A male crossdresser who adopts feminine behaviours.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Paul Zante, Sissy Dreams: Motel Sissy (page 4)
      I realised I still held my normal male clothes and dropped them to the floor under the desk, out of the way. [] Would it hurt? Yes, I knew it would from watching videos of sissies being spanked by their dominant mistresses.
  4. (colloquial) Sister.
    • 2008, Rita T. Kohn, ‎William Lynwood Montell, Always a People: Oral Histories of Contemporary Woodland Indians
      Her seven-year-old brother Justin sat on my lap beside her casket. I explained to him why we were staying with his sissy. He wouldn't leave; he stayed, too. He kissed her, touched her hand, told her he would miss her.
Derived terms[edit]


sissy (comparative sissier, superlative sissiest)

  1. (derogatory) Effeminate.
    • 2000, Jeffery Deaver, Manhattan Is My Beat (revised edition), Bantam Books, →ISBN, page 173:
      [] she’d decided the wrapping paper was too feminine. It had a viney pattern that wasn’t anything sissier than you’d see in the old Arabian Nights illustrations. But Richard might think they were flowers.
  2. (derogatory) Cowardly.

Etymology 2[edit]

Likely onomatopoetic, perhaps related to French pipi (urine). Compare piss; wee-wee.


sissy (uncountable)

  1. (childish, colloquial) Urination; urine.
    • 1997, Clark Moustakas, Relationship Play Therapy, →ISBN, page 160:
      She has to make. She has to make sissy.


sissy (third-person singular simple present sissies, present participle sissying, simple past and past participle sissied)

  1. (childish, colloquial) To urinate.
    • 1979, Rhea Kohan, Save Me a Seat, →ISBN, page 25:
      Joan recognized her as the girl whose son had sissied on her pants. She was still dabbing at her pantleg with a damp paper towel.