- a weak, ineffectual, timid person.
- wimp out,
- to be or act like a wimp.
- to show timidity or cowardice; chicken out.
Origin of wimp
- any of a group of weakly interacting elementary particles predicted by various unified field theories, as the W particle and Z-zero particle, that are characterized by relatively large masses.
Origin of WIMP
Examples from the Web for wimp
Was he so determined not to look like an angry black man that he ended up looking ... kind of like a wimp?Why Obama Lost
October 4, 2012
All of us here at NewsBeast knew the word “wimp” would carry a charge and get people to pay attention.Michael Tomasky on Wimpy Mitt Romney’s Missing Backbone
July 31, 2012
Just by definition, you'd think, any American who plunges into what Teddy Roosevelt called "the arena," is no wimp.
On the cover of Newsweek, my colleague Michael Tomasky calls Mitt Romney a wimp.
The chapter titles say a lot: “Even More of a Wimp than Jimmy Carter,” “Not a Great Listener.”This Week’s Hot Reads: March 16, 2012
March 17, 2012
Mr. Wimp has found no possible clue to such conduct in his papers.
Grodman saw it and watched her, and fooled Wimp to the top of his bent.
And yet, had not Mrs. Wimp let out as much at the Christmas dinner?
Another of Wimp's grandmother-in-law's delusions was that Wimp had married to get her into the family.
Wimp did what work he could do at home in a secluded study at the top of the house.
- informal a feeble ineffective personSee also wimp out
- windows, icons, menus (or mice), pointers: denoting a type of user-friendly screen display used on small computersa WIMP system
- physics weakly interacting massive particle
Word Origin and History for wimp
1920 (but not attested again until 1960), perhaps a clipped form of whimper (cf whimp, 1540s), perhaps influenced by J. Wellington Wimpy, comparatively unaggressive character in "Popeye" comics.
1986, with out (adv.), from wimp (n.). Related: Wimped; wimping.
- Short for weakly interacting massive particle. Any of various hypothetical particles, some predicted by certain theories such as supersymmetry, which interact with other particles by the force of gravity alone. WIMPs are considered by some scientists to be candidates for the dark matter that makes up much of the mass of the universe.