Definitions

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

  • n. An ordinary, often ineffectual person who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs.

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  • n. a sad or pathetic person given to flights of fancy, a daydreamer.
  • n. an imposter, especially one claiming military service he has in fact never undergone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fictional character created by James Thurber who daydreams about his adventures and triumphs

Etymologies

After the main character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • It was every reader's Walter Mitty dream come true: a ton of gold uncomplicated by taxes and death duties.

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