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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A timid or unadventurous person: "the impression that he is a colorless, indecisive wimp, and not a leader among men” ( James J. Kilpatrick).
  • intransitive v. To be timid or cowardly. Usually used with out: wimped out and refused to jump off the high diving board.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who lacks confidence, is irresolute and wishy-washy
  • n. Alternative spelling of WIMP.
  • v. To behave submissively, inde.
  • v. To render wimpy.

Etymologies

Perhaps from whimper.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Contraction of "whimper", a sound a wimp might make. The term is rumored to have come from "Wimps", a group of French Roma who were kicked out of France, then moved to England and were kicked out again, then moved to the United States. The term was understood in the United States by the 1930s, as it was incorporated into the names of two famous media characters known for living up to that name: The devious but cowardly Popeye supporting character called "J. Wellington Wimpy", and the soft-spoken character "Wallace Wimple" from the radio show Fibber McGee and Molly. (Wiktionary)

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