: a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person
wimpiness noun
wimpish adjective
wimpishness noun
wimpy adjective

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 Compared to 88-year-old percussion master Pete Escovedo, Keith Sweat, John Michael Montgomery, Frankie Beverly and the members of the Eagles and Aventura seem like, well, wimps. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 Blake is not an emasculated wimp; his confidence is complete, his suavity bordering on the toxic. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 9 Apr. 2024 All nudity in my films is a result of Shauna pushing me and calling me a wimp. Alexandra Hurtado, Peoplemag, 7 Apr. 2024 Leftovers from the Big Bang, wimps are invisible and slow, compared with the speed of light, and can only be detected through their gravitational effect on other objects. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The prevailing view for the last 40 years has held that dark matter comprises hypothetical, exotic particles called weakly interacting massive particles, or wimps. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024 Russo explored a subject that had previously been viewed by moviegoers simply as the way things were — the treatment of gay people as pansies and wimps, perverts and tragedies, serial killers and suicides. Mark Harris, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2023 First Oppenheimer, Then Barbie, Then Cobweb Double features are for wimps; a true movie buff would see all three movies opening wide on July 21st. Jason Frank, Vulture, 14 July 2023 The action sequences prove to be more convincing than the film’s major narrative arc, which is about whether Billy and Lilly will eventually welcome a total wimp like Owen into their clan. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 July 2023

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Word History


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First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wimp was in 1920

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“Wimp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wimp. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a weak and timid person
wimpy adjective

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