patsy is a person who takes the blame for something he or she did not do, as in a scapegoat. The term can also be used to describe a person who is easily fooled or gullible. A con man might look for a patsy for a scam. The word can be used in other instances that do not directly match these definitions, but always carry the idea that the person is foolish or incapable in some way.

    Sometimes patsy is used as an adjective to describe something as too easy or without subsistence. A patsy game is a game that is a for sure win.


    In all of its variations, patsy is mostly used in the United States of America.

    The plural is patsies. It comes from the Italian word for fool pazzo.

    Patsy is also a name or nickname, most prominently a country music singer from the United States named Patsy Cline.

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