\ˈwimp \

Definition of wimp 

: a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person

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Other Words from wimp

wimpiness \ˈwim-​pē-​nəs \ noun
wimpish \ˈwim-​pish \ adjective
wimpishness \ˈwim-​pish-​nəs \ noun
wimpy \ˈwim-​pē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for wimp


softy (or softie), weakling, wuss (also wussy)



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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?

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Separately, even weather wimps like myself can deal with it. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "There’s no place like home for weather weaklings," 11 June 2018 That’s not to say that these classifications — horror buffs, horror wimps — are totally set in stone. Cari Romm, The Cut, "What Your Ability to Handle Horror Movies Says About You," 14 June 2018 From pregnancy to labor pains and giving birth to the growing pains as a first-timer, simply put, motherhood is not for wimps. Alicia Harper, Redbook, "What Motherhood Has Taught Me," 29 Dec. 2011 There’s the box, the wheel, the win and the wimp’s special — the show bet. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "This foolproof Kentucky Derby 'winning' plan starts in the garden," 4 May 2018 Her shudder was also a show of contempt for all those Chicago wimps who’d recently been to Florida, or San Diego, or Arizona and spent their time gloating about it on Facebook. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "Once again, Detective April Hope goes in search of Chicago's spring," 17 Apr. 2018 What a wimp, that D.J. Finau wasn’t going to let a little thing like a grotesquely dislocated ankle keep him out of his first Masters. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: After suffering a horrific ankle injury, Tony Finau on solid footing at Masters," 5 Apr. 2018 Standing alone in the breach, is Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, no wimp on using force, but a believer in trying all other options first. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "What H.R. McMaster's exit and John Bolton's arrival mean for the next three dangerous months | Trudy Rubin," 23 Mar. 2018 So, yeah, some of these guys are real losers and real wimps, OK? Fox News, "President Trump's CIA pick faces questions over her role in enhanced interrogation program," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wimp

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wimp

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English Language Learners Definition of wimp

: a weak person who lacks confidence, courage, etc.

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to make faulty or ineffective

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