wimp

noun
\ 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 wimpiness (audio) \ noun
wimpish \ ˈwim-​pish How to pronounce wimpish (audio) \ adjective
wimpishness \ ˈwim-​pish-​nəs How to pronounce wimpishness (audio) \ noun
wimpy \ ˈwim-​pē How to pronounce wimpy (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 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 Comparing working in the White House to being in Iraq as well as expressing his love for the anonymous White House coward wimp. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: You're the reason Trump is president, Barack," 8 Sep. 2018 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

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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 28 Sep. 2020.

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wimp

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of wimp

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

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