\ ˈwimp How to pronounce wimp (audio) \

Definition of wimp

: a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person

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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 While the leads all wrestle with their inner wimp, only Mary Ann’s struggle has mortal stakes. John Domini, Los Angeles Times, "Review: An Italian immigrant poker pro takes a gamble on — what else? — a Fellini-esque Vegas novel," 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, "Bob Odenkirk as a mousy man with a secret set of skills is the best thing about 'Nobody'," 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, "Garcia: Protesters willing to play Russian roulette with COVID-19," 22 Apr. 2020 Now, they’re being caricatured as fashion accessories for wimps. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Anti-mask movement won’t let logic get in its way," 20 May 2020 In the 21st century, they are depicted as sniveling wimps and are reviled. The Economist, "Open Future Is liberalism really kaput?," 4 Dec. 2019 This is no place for wimps — either on the greens or in the men’s locker room. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Some of Chicago’s wealthiest golf clubs are missing something: Air conditioning in the locker room," 27 July 2019 Establishment wimps like Jeb Bush framed their stance as only wanting to allow Christian refugees into the country, but Trump didn’t even try to give his reactionary proposals a humanitarian gloss. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Media Is Missing the Real Story of Trump’s Racism," 5 Aug. 2019 Not being wimps means throwing China out of the World Trade Organization or negotiating a free-trade deal. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Lessons From an ’80s Trade War," 7 Oct. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Wimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wimp. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wimp

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

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