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  1. Walter Mitty.
Related formsMit·ty·esque, Mit·ty·ish, adjective
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  1. Walter Mitty
    1. a fictional character given to grand and elaborate fantasies; daydreamer
    2. (as modifier)a Walter Mitty character; a Mitty act
Derived FormsMittyesque or Mitty-like, adjective

Word Origin

C20: from a short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), by James Thurber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mitty


"adventurous daydreamer," 1950, from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," short story by U.S. author James Thurber (1894-1961) first published in the "New Yorker" March 18, 1939.

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