\ ˈwimp How to pronounce wimp (audio) \

Definition of wimp

: a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person

Other Words from wimp

wimpiness \ ˈwim-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce wimp (audio) \ noun
wimpish \ ˈwim-​pish How to pronounce wimp (audio) \ adjective
wimpishness \ ˈwim-​pish-​nəs How to pronounce wimp (audio) \ noun
wimpy \ ˈwim-​pē How to pronounce wimp (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of wimp in a Sentence

just because you can't lift 300 pounds doesn't mean you're a wimp what kind of wimp would just give in to peer pressure?
Recent Examples on the Web Kendall is still a wimp who swings between self-satisfaction and an insatiable hunger for reassurance, and Strong is fantastic in his portrayal of this back-and-forth. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 Suddenly, the school wimp who was interested in cards and magic had been turned into a Western archetype: the strong, do-right loner who doesn’t say much. New York Times, 27 May 2021 While the leads all wrestle with their inner wimp, only Mary Ann’s struggle has mortal stakes. John Domini, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 Through it all the best part of the film remains the dichotomy of a bland wimp (a character Odenkirk plays so well) who can flip the switch to becoming a remorseless killer — and seeing Odenkirk as the one flipping the switch. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 22 Mar. 2021 That jab gets to the heart of these protests: the sense that stay-at-home advocates are gutless wimps willing to let a virus boss us around. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, 22 Apr. 2020 Now, they’re being caricatured as fashion accessories for wimps. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, 20 May 2020 In the 21st century, they are depicted as sniveling wimps and are reviled. The Economist, 4 Dec. 2019 This is no place for wimps — either on the greens or in the men’s locker room. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, 27 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of wimp

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wimp

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“Wimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wimp. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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