Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person regarded as weak, ineffectual, or overly fearful.

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  • noun slang A weak or ineffectual person.

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  • noun a person who is physically weak and ineffectual

Etymologies

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

[Perhaps blend of wimp and pussy, or short for pussy-wussy, reduplication of pussy.]

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1982, from earlier wussy (circa 1960), probably a blend of wimp and pussy.

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