fraidy-cat

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]

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/ˈfreıdiˌkæt/ noun, pl -cats [count]
US informal :scaredy-cat
— used mainly by children or when speaking to children

Don't be such a fraidy-cat!


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