AskDefine | Define Patsy

Dictionary Definition

patsy n : a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of [syn: chump, fool, gull, mark, fall guy, sucker, soft touch, mug]

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English

Proper noun

  1. A given name, diminutive of Patricia
  2. A given name, diminutive of Patrick

Extensive Definition

Patsy is a given name often used as a diminutive of the feminine name Patricia or sometimes the masculine name Patrick, or occasionally other names containing the syllable "Pat" or "Pet" (such as Cleopatra, Patience, or Patrice).

Historical usage

In older usage Patsy was also a nickname for Martha or Matilda, following a common nicknaming pattern of changing an M to a P (such as in Margaret → Meg/Meggy → Peg/Peggy; and Molly → Polly) and adding a feminine suffix.
While usually a feminine diminutive name, from the 18th Century Patsy also came to be used as a nickname for men and boys called Patrick.
It is thought that the popularity of the name may have waned due to the dictionary meanings of the word "patsy" being "dupe" or "scapegoat".

Notable people with the given name

Fictional

References

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

babe, boob, chump, cinch, credulous person, cull, dupe, easy mark, easy pickings, fall guy, fish, fool, goat, gobe-mouches, greener, greenhorn, greeny, gudgeon, gull, innocent, leadpipe cinch, mark, monkey, pigeon, plaything, prize sap, pushover, sap, saphead, scapegoat, schlemiel, sitting duck, stooge, sucker, toy, trusting soul, victim, whipping boy
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