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[woo s] /wʊs/
noun, Slang.
a weakling; wimp.
Origin of wuss
1980-85; perhaps blend of wimp and puss1
Related forms
wussy, adjective, wussier, wussiest. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for wuss


noun (pl) wusses, wussies
(slang, mainly US) a feeble or effeminate person
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from pussy1 (cat)
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Word Origin and History for wuss

1982, abbreviated from wussy.

Mike Damone: You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy
["Fast Times at Ridgemont High" script, 1982]

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Slang definitions & phrases for wuss



A weak person; pussycat, wimp: 6 Ways Not to be a Wuss/ ''Wussy'' was a particularly expressive word, the handy combination of wimp and pussy

[1960s+ Teenagers; perhaps a shortening of hypothetical pussy-wussy]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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