A crybaby is someone who cries very easily and complains a lot. If you have a younger sister, you've probably called her a crybaby from time to time.

You might be tempted to call someone whose feelings are very easily hurt, who is extremely sensitive and quick to burst into tears, a crybaby. It's a fairly derogatory term, however, and being called a crybaby will only make a crybaby cry even harder. The word dates from around 1850, and it's native to the United States, from the idea that someone "cries like a baby."

Definitions of crybaby

n a person given to excessive complaints and crying and whining

bellyacher, complainer, grumbler, moaner, sniveller, squawker, whiner
(Yiddish) a constant complainer
Type of:
disagreeable person, unpleasant person
a person who is not pleasant or agreeable

n a person who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy

chicken, wimp
Type of:
doormat, weakling, wuss
a person who is physically weak and ineffectual

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.