fraidy-cat


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fraidy-cat

n
baby talk US someone who frightens easily or is afraid of many things
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fraid•y-cat

(ˈfreɪ diˌkæt)

n. Informal.
a timid, easily frightened person.
[1905–10; fraid (aph. form of afraid) + -y1]
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He knows it is a scary boy with "eyes that awful color the sky is when you wake up in the middle of the day and can't see, it's so bright out." His mother pooh-poohs his worries, and his snarky older brother, Buster, says he's a fraidy-cat.
Like dor, like sterway, Jaime thinks, with his hand in his pants, like he has to go to the potty but he doesn't really have to, and he says, "Mees Yonson." But Miss Johnson makes the Be Quiet sign and everybody knows fraidy-cat Jay-me, fraidy-cat, fraidy-cat.
a fraidy-cat feline--in the care of a near-senile sitter.