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1. A child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist.
2. Slang A boy or man who is considered weak or effeminate.

pant′y·waist′ adj.


1. (Clothing & Fashion) a child's undergarment consisting of a shirt and pants buttoned together at the waist
2. informal US a man or boy considered as childish, lacking in courage, etc
[C20: from panties + waist]


(ˈpæn tiˌweɪst)

1. Informal. an effeminate man; sissy.
2. (formerly) a child's undergarment consisting of short pants and a shirt that buttoned together at the waist.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pantywaist - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertivepantywaist - a timid man or boy considered childish or unassertive
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
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