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wuss

[woo s]
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noun Slang.
  1. a weakling; wimp.

Origin of wuss

1980–85; perhaps blend of wimp and puss1
Related formswuss·y, adjective, wuss·i·er, wuss·i·est.
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Examples from the Web for wuss

Historical Examples

  • "Wuss," he said as she entered, sitting up and treating her to a broad wink.

    Indian and Scout

    F. S. Brereton

  • "Wuss nor rheumatiz," said the boy, as he threw away the cigar stub and drew some cider in a broken tea cup.

  • "Wuss dan a strain," said Gravity, looking ruefully down at the limb and rubbing it with one hand.

    Wyoming</p>

    Edward Sylvester Ellis


British Dictionary definitions for wuss

wuss

woose wussy (ˈwʊsɪ)

noun plural wusses or wussies
  1. slang, mainly US a feeble or effeminate person

Word Origin

C20: perhaps from pussy 1 (cat)
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 wuss

n.

1982, abbreviated from wussy.

Mike Damone: You are a wuss: part wimp, and part pussy
["Fast Times at Ridgemont High" script, 1982]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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