\ ˈwu̇s How to pronounce wuss (audio) \
variants: or less commonly wussy \ ˈwu̇-​sē How to pronounce wussy (audio) \
plural wusses also wussies

Definition of wuss

: a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person : wimp Don't be such a wuss. acted like a total wuss I am not a wuss; I refuse to be undone by fear.— Joline Godfrey I'm a wuss when it comes to pain. I did not wish to lose body parts.— Chuck Gallagher You don't like turtlenecks? You say they're too tight? What are you, some wussy?— Frank Cammuso and Hart Seely … this hot girl we were with dared me to jump over one of those huge traffic barrels. … I didn't want to look like a wuss, so I manned up and went for it.Cosmopolitan

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Other Words from wuss

wussy adjective wussier; wussiest
Nation building was for wussy foreign-policy sociologists; the military's job was to "fight and win" wars. — Joe Klein It's pretty much hard rock, with a couple wussy songs. — Rob Sheffield

Synonyms & Antonyms for wuss


softy (or softie), weakling, wimp



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Examples of wuss in a Sentence

Don't be such a wuss. teased him for being a wuss when he failed the push-up test in gym class

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That simply wouldn’t have happened in 2018’s Republican Party, where Nixon probably would have been dismissed as a low-energy wuss. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Pa. Republicans are learning from Donald Trump. Be very afraid | Will Bunch," 4 Feb. 2018 Camp 1 includes those who lament the wuss-ification of the game. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Ed Cunningham is right about football's dangers, and so are you," 31 Aug. 2017 For you wusses who think otherwise, the Flip-n-Drip should be live on the site soon for $45. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, "Camping Coffee Maker is One More Thing to Carry," 31 Aug. 2009

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First Known Use of wuss

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wuss

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of wuss

slang : a weak or cowardly person

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to make a temporary encampment

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